TULSA, Okla. - A crash involving high speeds that left a debris trail several blocks long killed one person and sent two more to the hospital Thursday evening.
Tulsa Police Sergeant Brian Carlisle told KRMG at the scene that all three people seriously injured in the crash were in the same vehicle, an SUV that was traveling at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control.
Evidence at the scene and witness accounts indicate he was southbound on S. Harvard Ave. when he clipped a vehicle just north of I-44.
The vehicle continued southbound, striking the curb on the west side of the road at least twice, then smashing into a small bridge a couple blocks south of 51st.
That impact apparently sent the vehicle airborne.
It landed on its roof and spun to a stop against a power pole about a block or so south of the bridge.
Sgt. Carlisle tells KRMG the dead man was the driver of the vehicle.
At least two other vehicles were damaged by debris flying off the SUV.
KRMG spoke with a driver who was northbound and ran over debris in the road, destroying her tire and badly damaging the tire well on the front passenger side of her car.
One witness at the scene said she looked in her rearview mirror and saw the truck airborne behind her.
"It was so high," Elise Cruchon said, indicating some nearby power poles, "it was like over those poles right there, it was so high in the air. I mean it was like something out of a movie. It was crazy."
Another woman heard the wreck, but didn't see it.
"I thought it was an airplane," she said.
Brandon Lowrie saw the SUV moments before the crash.
"I saw the truck fly by," he said. "I didn't think something as terrible as this could have happened, but it did. He was moving 100 miles per hour at least."
Police say their investigation hasn't determined how fast the SUV was moving initially.
They have not released any names of the people involved.
Officers at the scene had no information on the conditions of the two passengers, but said their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.