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SUV plunges into icy Oklahoma river; at least 3 dead

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By Lakisha Jackson By Lakisha Jackson

 

 

 

MIAMI, Okla. (AP) -- Authorities say a third person has died after the SUV they were in veered off of an Oklahoma highway bridge and plummeted more than 80 feet into an icy river.

As many as eight people were in the Chevrolet Avalanche when it ran off Interstate 44 near Miami (My-am-uh), Okla. Thursday morning.

Highway Patrol Lt. George Brown says the truck went off the side of the bridge and into the ice-covered Spring River. The air temperature was minus-11 degrees at the time of the crash.

Road crews had closed the road after a blizzard Tuesday dumped more than 20 inches of snow, sleet and ice. Plow operators opened the westbound lanes of the roadway late Wednesday night.

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