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Work begins to recover truck from Lake Texoma

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Heavy equipment is in place to help lift an 18-wheeler from the bottom of Lake Texoma. (KTEN) Heavy equipment is in place to help lift an 18-wheeler from the bottom of Lake Texoma. (KTEN)
Rescue teams searched for the driver of a truck that plunged into Lake Texoma. (KTEN) Rescue teams searched for the driver of a truck that plunged into Lake Texoma. (KTEN)

BRYAN COUNTY, Okla. -- Workers will try to raise a submerged truck from the bottom of Lake Texoma on Saturday morning.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. Scott Hampton said recovery crews will attempt to float the vehicle to the surface starting at 7 a.m. Divers examined the wreckage on Friday to determine if it has enough structural integrity to be raised.

The driver of the truck, which was hauling 27,000 pounds of oil-based paint and supplies, is presumed to have died in the crash on Roosevelt Memorial Bridge. The driver of a car on the bridge did not survive the fiery collision.

No names have been released.

The two-lane U.S. 70 bridge -- a key link between Kingston and Mead on the Marshall-Bryan County line -- remained closed Friday as recovery operations continued on the mile-long span. Motorists who use the route are faced with a long detour north of the lake using State Highway 199 or south of the lake on U.S. 82 in Texas.

So when will the bridge be reopened to traffic? Hampton said that could happen some time Friday evening or Saturday morning, but that timeline remains in flux.

"Well, there's lots of moving parts here with OHP, and the recovery, and of course our inspections," said Oklahoma Department of Transportation engineer Ashley Hawkins. "We don't really have a definite time frame, just because of all the moving parts."

Even after the highway reopens, motorists should expect delays.

The environmental impact of the crash was still being evaluated. Recovery teams were using booms in the water to try and contain paint, oil and diesel fuel that spilled.

Lake Texoma boaters are asked to avoid the area of the incident.

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