Accidents keep police busy
Emergency responders in Lawton were kept busy with traffic accidents Wednesday and Thursday, and patrol officers are out trying to reduce driving hazards.
According to Capt. Craig Akard, officers were dispatched early Thursday to Northwest 20th Street and Cache Road after a westbound vehicle struck and knocked down a power pole before flipping the car. The driver was checked out, but is expected to recover.
That was the second rollover in a 24-hour period another vehicle overturned at U.S. 62 and Rogers Lane Wednesday afternoon and the crashes didn't cease: Around 4 p.m., emergency responders were called to Northwest 31st Street and Cache Road for a possible injury accident, and at 4:15 p.m. two simultaneous wrecks were reported.
At Northwest Ferris Avenue and Sheridan Road, a driver of a van carrying at least three juvenile passengers struck the rear end of a black car stopped at an eastbound signal light. Then, at Northeast Rogers Lane and Flower Mound Road, a three-car collision backed up traffic. There was no word of any serious injuries.
At least six fatal accidents have been reported in Lawton and the surrounding counties since April, and Lawton investigators have built at least three vehicular manslaughter cases filed in district court since the beginning of the year.
"Accidents do get worse with more people out on the roads, especially when they drink," Akard said. "Of course, when the weather warms up we have more cookouts and people at the lakes and other events. At these events are drinking, which unfortunately ends up in drinking and driving."