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Three People Killed In Bizarre Crash By "No U-Turn" Sign Near Antlers

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PUSHMATAHA COUNTY, OK -- A fatal crash between two semis this afternoon killed 3 people and shut down the southern leg of the Indian Nation Turnpike.

Troopers say one of the drivers was trying to make a U-turn on a turnpike in Pushmataha County.

The two semis were both going the same direction when they hit. Several drivers were startled by the black cloud of smoke that erupted at the crash site.

Imagine driving down the road and seeing a fireball in front of you. That's what happened to one of our viewers on the Indian Nation Turnpike when troopers say two semis collided a few miles south of Antlers around 1 p.m. and then burst into flames, killing one person in one truck and two in the other.

According to OHP, one of the semis was apparently attempting to make a U-turn, which is prohibited on this turnpike.

"The one that was in the front had turned the wrong direction was wanting to turn around and go southbound," says Lt. Robert Darst. "There was a collision and as Unit 2 attempted to evade the collision, once they impacted, both units caught fire."

Troopers say both of these semis were headed north when they collided and it appears one of them tried to get out of the path of the other one but could not.

"They have saddle tanks where their fuel is on the side of the vehicle and probably one of those was ruptured or maybe maybe two of them," says Darst.

Because of the crash, the road was shut down between Hugo and Antlers, so hundreds of people had to find another way to get where they're going.

Drivers heading north on the Hugo Bypass which runs into the beginning of the turnpike had to get off onto Highway 70, and Antlers drivers were diverted near Highway 3.

A few hours later, Antlers firefighters were still busy spraying down some of the cargo from inside the truck.

"It's baled cardboard from a from a large store and it's being carried to probably Valliant to be recycled," says Darst.

As troopers investigated exactly how the crash happened, they had to work without 3 crucial witnesses -- those who lost their lives.

Troopers say it's unclear whether the victims died from the crash itself or the fire. That will be up to the medical examiner to determine. The bodies were taken to a local funeral home. The investigation is ongoing.

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EARLIER UPDATE-The crash happened around 1 p.m., about 3 miles south of the Antlers toll booth.

Troopers say it appears one of the drivers was trying to make a U-turn, which is not allowed.

That's when another northbound truck hit it.

One of the trucks was carrying bundled cardboard, and Antlers firefighters were spraying down a couple of the bundles after the crash.

Troopers say it's possible the truck loaded with cardboard may have been on the way to the paper mill in Valliant, when the driver realized they were off course, OHP Lt. Robert Darst said.

However, it's impossible to know exactly what the drivers were thinking.

The victims were taken to a local funeral home.  The investigation continues.

The road was shut down between Hugo and Antlers. Several semis were pulled over on the shoulder near the accident scene waiting to resume their trips.