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Roosevelt Bridge reopens; recovery effort postponed

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The Roosevelt Bridge was narrowed to one lane on June 23, 2018 as work continued to recover a truck that plunged from the span two days earlier. (KTEN) The Roosevelt Bridge was narrowed to one lane on June 23, 2018 as work continued to recover a truck that plunged from the span two days earlier. (KTEN)

BRYAN COUNTY, Okla. -- Lake Texoma and rescue crews have made the decision to postpone their recovery of a paint truck and its driver in the wake of a fiery and fatal accident on Roosevelt Memorial Bridge.

Those workers said that due to the windy conditions on Sunday, the water was too choppy for them to safely set floatation devices designed to lift the big rig from the bottom of the lake.

Sunday morning, troopers said that  recovery of the semi and its driver is a very complicated process. 

They said the truck appears to be jackknifed in 50-60 feet of water, and divers have almost no visibility. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says their divers will have to disconnect the truck from the trailer under these conditions. 

To add to the complicate the process, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation said they cannot risk placing a huge crane on the bridge to lift the semi that could now weigh up to 80,000 pounds.

Therefore, this means that ODOT is forced to use a large barge with a crane to do the lifting from the water. 

Motorists were advised that delays and congestion on the route that occurred Saturday and Sunday, will happen again Monday. Pilot cars will be used to guide traffic in each direction when only a single lane of traffic is permitted.

The area surrounding the entire span of the mile-long bridge will be off-limits to marine traffic while efforts continue to raise the truck, which was hauling 27,000 pounds of paint and paint supplies. The driver of that truck was presumed to have perished in the crash.

The driver of a car on the bridge also died. Neither person has been publicly identified.

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