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At least 3 dead after truck plummets into river

Gary Crow / Tulsa World via AP

A pickup truck sits in the the Spring River after sliding off the Spring River Bridge on the Will Rogers Turnpike in Miami, Okla. on Thursday, Feb 3

At least three people were killed Thursday when the pickup truck they were in ran off a snow-covered interstate highway bridge and plunged 80 feet into an icy river below, the Associated Press reports.

Ottawa County Sheriff Terry Durborow said the truck jumped a guard rail on Interstate 44 in northeast Oklahoma and fell into the Spring River. The truck was partially submerged.

Durborow says from five to eight people were in the truck.

"This is a fall of 80 feet or better ... that alone is a very dangerous type of crash. This is a very traumatic crash," said Oklahoma Highway Department spokesman Lt. George Brown.

Motorists who witnessed the accident said they peered over the side of the bridge and spotted six victims outside of the truck in the icy water and another two people inside the vehicle, Brown said.

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