Oklahoma car crash kills 7 Mexicans
OKLAHOMA CITY – Seven Mexican nationals were killed early on Sunday in Oklahoma when their minivan skidded into a tractor-trailer truck in icy conditions, police said.
The accident raised the death toll on the state’s highways to 11 since an ice storm began lashing it early on Friday. The powerful front has dumped rain and ice elsewhere in the central and southwest parts of the United States, disrupting air traffic and leaving tens of thousands without power.
“It’s a mess out there. You can’t go anywhere,” said Oklahoma highway patrol spokesman Pete Norwood.
He said Sunday’s accident occurred in the early morning hours in the western part of the state. The van was carrying 12 Mexican nationals. The other five were injured and were hospitalized.
Over 90,000 homes and businesses were reported to be without electricity in Oklahoma early on Sunday as sleet once again pounded parts of the state. A state of emergency remained in effect in all 77 counties.
In north Texas, icy conditions were once again causing delays and cancellations at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. A spokesman for the airport said 312 departures had already been canceled for Sunday.