Strong wind causes train derailment
• Driver injured when truck blown over
December 17, 2021
High wind gusts in northwest Oklahoma Wednesday caused vehicle accidents and damage. A dangerous grass fire erupted near Byron in northern Alfalfa County, and the Alva Fire Department responded to assist the effort to control the blaze.
Near Carmen a train derailed due to the high winds. All of the 15 to 20 railcars that came off the rails and overturned were empty.
According to the Oklahoma Mesonet, the peak wind gust of 79 mph was recorded at Goodwell in the panhandle. Alva's peak gust was 60 mph, and Freedom's highest gust was recorded at 66 mph. The May Ranch site, located in far northern Woods County recorded a top wind speed of 71 mph. Much higher winds were reported in Kansas.
Cherokee and Fairview also had 60 mph wind peaks. Woodward recorded a 61 mph gust, Buffalo had a peak of 77 mph and at Beaver winds reached 78 mph.
At 12:31 p.m. a truck overturned in Major County, one mile east of the US-412 and US-281 junction on US-412. The location is 24 miles west of Orienta.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the 2015 Volvo truck was driven by Joshua Adam Owens, 41, of Oklahoma City. He was transported by Major County EMS to Integris Bass Baptist Health Center in Enid where he was admitted for external head, trunk and leg injuries and listed in stable condition.
Owens was driving eastbound on US-412 when he encountered severe crosswinds on the highway, causing the vehicle to overturn and depart the roadway on the north. The truck came to rest on the driver's side. Owens was pinned for approximately one hour and thirty minutes before being freed by the Fairview Fire Department.
Trooper Justin Barney investigated, assisted by Troopers Brock Morgan, Seth Sturgeon, Dustin McAtee and Tanner Beckner. Also assisting were Major County Sheriff's Office, Major County EMS, Fairview Fire Department, Waynoka Fire Department and Mooreland Fire Department.