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Highway bridge damaged in fatal crash on I-35

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The impact of a crash knocked the Jacobs Road bridge off its supports. (KTEN) The impact of a crash knocked the Jacobs Road bridge off its supports. (KTEN)
Workers examine the damage to the Jacobs Road bridge after it was hit by an 18-wheeler on Wednesday. (KTEN) Workers examine the damage to the Jacobs Road bridge after it was hit by an 18-wheeler on Wednesday. (KTEN)
Workers examine the damage to the Jacobs Road bridge after it was hit by an 18-wheeler on Wednesday. (KTEN) Workers examine the damage to the Jacobs Road bridge after it was hit by an 18-wheeler on Wednesday. (KTEN)

LOVE COUNTY, Okla. -- All lanes of Interstate 35 have reopened following Wednesday's deadly crash between Ardmore and Marietta.

Workers were still cleaning debris from the southbound lanes Thursday where an 18-wheeler hit the Jacobs Road overpass, about 17 miles north of the Texas border.

Truck driver Johnathan Compton of Nebraska was hauling a load of meat when his vehicle left the roadway just before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. 

"It had been off the road for quite some time," Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Chasen Bennett said. "The cause is unknown why the driver left the roadway."

Compton lost control as he truck went up an embankment at a high rate of speed, investigators said. The cab hit the overpass with so much momentum, it knocked the bridge off its base.

"The first section of the bridge, it pushed it about four feet, seven inches to the south," Bennett said."

The Jacobs Road overpass was closed to traffic until further notice.

Meanwhile, workers spent much of the day Thursday clearing debris from the charred remains of the truck's cab, which went up in flames. Bennett urged motorists to be careful in the southbound lanes near the accident site.

"Just watch out for our guys out there while they're trying to get it all cleared up," he said. "Just slow down and be cautious of what's going on around you."

The cleanup was taking longer than usual because of the severity of the accident and the product that the truck had been hauling.

"The truck was hauling meat products," Bennett said. "It was scattered out all over the place."

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