Three people were killed and five injured in an Oklahoma car accident Thursday.
According too officials with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, an SUV carrying eight people plunged 80 feet from a highway into an icy river in subzero temperatures. The accident raises the state’s death toll from the recent winter storm to four, according to the Oklahoma Department of Emergency management.
“Three people died this morning after the vehicle they were occupants in went off the Spring River Bridge on the Will Rogers Turnpike,” department spokesperson Michelann Ooten told reporters Thursday. “Five other occupants in the vehicle were injured in the crash.
Highway Patrol Captain Chris West said the occupants of the vehicle were all Hispanic males, but had no other information regarding their identity. The crash survivors remain in serious condition, West said.
Authorities say the minus-15-degree weather hampered the rescue effort. Five emergency responders were treated for exposure as a result of the icy rescue conditions.
The accident remains under investigation.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families and friends.