Westbound Interstate 44 reopened after fatal crash, bus fire

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Westbound lanes of Interstate 44 in northeast Oklahoma City have reopened following a crash that killed a New Mexico man and a separate fire involving a Stroud school bus.

Authorities say the 79-year-old man from Rio Rancho, New Mexico died and two men were injured when the van they were in crashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer rig about 9:30 a.m. Monday.

The dead man’s name has not been released.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Paul Timmons said the semi appeared to have stopped because of the school bus on fire ahead of it when and the van crashed into the rig.

The collision occurred about 30 minutes after the school bus caught fire while traveling on I-44.

Authorities say 23 students and two adults on the bus escaped safely.

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