Patrol inspects big rig that caused 10-fatality Oklahoma wreck

OKLAHOMA CITY | The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Tuesday that it found no problems with the brakes on a tractor-trailer that plowed into stalled cars in an accident on the Will Rogers Turnpike that killed 10 people.

Capt. Craig Medcalf, who leads the patrol’s Motor Carrier Enforcement Division, said the assessment was based on an examination of the big rig’s brake pads, which he said appeared to be in good condition.

Medcalf said the damage to the undercarriage of the tractor was so extensive that troopers couldn’t test the performance of the brakes.

Medcalf said the tractor was a 2009 model and the trailer was a 2008 model.

“The indications from troopers was that everything was in proper working order,” Medcalf said. “There really was not an indication there was anything mechanically wrong.”

Authorities have said it appears the truck driven by 76-year-old Donald Creed of Ash Grove, Mo., didn’t slow on Friday afternoon before it ran into traffic that had stopped for an earlier accident on the turnpike, also known as Interstate 44, in far northeastern Oklahoma near Miami. Prosecutors have said Creed could face misdemeanor negligent homicide charges.

Tina Freeman, a spokeswoman for Freeman Health Systems, said Creed was treated at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Mo., for injuries sustained in the crash and released on Saturday.