The Oklahoma Highway Patrol declared all clear just bef0re 8:00 a.m. on the westbound Creek Turnpike. The road was shut down from about 4 a.m. until 8 a.m. at the Elm/Peoria exit after two suitcases were found and declared suspicious objects.
Traffic was diverted to the Peoria / Elm exit in Jenks and drivers were having to divert through Jenks and get back on the turnpike further west.
OHP and the bomb squad were on the scene as they worked to ensure there was nothing dangerous inside those suitcases left behind on the turnpike.
Lieutenant George Brown with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol told KRMG news troopers called in the OHP Bomb Squad to respond to the scene. "We had a motorist see someone set two suitcases in the PikePass lane there, they thought it was suspicious so they called us."
Brown continued "we x-rayed the luggage and didn't see a threat so the bomb squad opened the ssuitcases and didn't find any explosives."
So what did they find? "Just the normal things you would find in a suitcase" Brown told us afterwards. Brown also confirmed for KRMG that there was some form of identification in the luggage so OHP can contact the owners.
KRMG has learned that State Troopers have now returned the luggage found at the Creek Turnpike Toll Plaza to it's rightful owner. OHP dispatchers received a phone call from the owner of the luggage at about 9:30 AM. The owner, a tulsa woman, stated she was en route to Ft. Worth Texas when she realized her two suitcases had fallen out of the back of her pickup truck.
Turnpike surveillance video showed a good samaritan move the two suitcases onto a nearby walkway. OHP officials were then called by a witness who saw a person place the cases at the toll plaza.
Final delivery was made at approximately 10:30 AM this date.
"This is the best outcome we could possibly ask for in this situation." OHP Lt. George Brown said. "Although it required some delay for others, we were able to recover some valuable items and return them to their rightful owner. It's always a bad day when you lose luggage, but with the help of a kind hearted passer by & quick actions by investigating Troopers & Dispatchers, this person was able to receive their lost valuables & this investigation is considered closed".
-Traffic was routed through Jenks toward highway 75 for nearly three hours during the incident.