OKC Streetcar involved in first of many accidents…

Back in June, we asked a very important question – Are OKC drivers too dumb for the new streetcar?

The answer is “apparently so.”

Last night, the OKC Streetcar reached a significant milestone when it was involved in its first traffic accident near the Midtown roundabout at 10th and Walker – the extremely simple and easy to navigate traffic circle that challenges most Oklahoma City motorists.

Via NewsOK.com:

Oklahoma City officials are reporting the first case of a collision involving the city’s new streetcars Tuesday.

About 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, a streetcar was running its route near NW 10 and Walker Avenue when it was struck by a vehicle. Embark spokesman Michael Scroggins said the vehicle that struck the streetcar fled the scene.

That sucks. I was kind of hoping it would have involved an asshat on a scooter. That would have made an even better headline!

I actually drove by the scene last night as I was heading to Fassler Hall for our Team Trivia Night. There were a couple of cops and some city maintenance vehicles looking over things. I also saw a frantic Steve Lackmeyer briskly walking down 10th towards St. Anthony Hospital, holding a bloodied white towel to his nose, screaming “Never again, Streetcar! Never again!”

Oklahoma City police responded to the scene to investigate the collision. Seven passengers were on the streetcar at the time. No injuries were reported in the collision, Scroggins said.

Scroggins said damage included scuff marks and a broken indicator light.

Seven passengers? Scuff marks and a broken indicator light? The new streetcar will really fit-in with all the other cars on Oklahoma roads!

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22 Responses

  1. Seven passengers.

    1. Probably 7 more passengers than it will have in a few months.

      1. If only all those folks I see waiting for the bus at 23rd and Penn would find themselves jobs down along that route, then they could avail themselves of that squeaky toy, but they all must be a bunch of non-visionary losers who don’t understand how bonds and tourism and city leaders and multi-decade planning are going to make their lives easier, somehow, sometime or other.
        Now we just need to get that dang new convention center up and going,….

        1. Not to mention all the maids at 23rd and MLK going to clean houses at Mesta Park, Crown Heights, etc., etc.

        2. here’s something crazy, those bus have wheels and can go places where track doesn’t exist.

          Imagine how many city bus, how many new routes could of been made with 120 million dollars?

          it’s about 140 new ones and 10,480 new miles of access routes with enough pocket change left over for upgrades to in demand terminals actually.

          1. *according to EMBARK.

          2. Exactly.
            You want a trolley? You want regional light rail? Great. I’m fine with that – especially the light rail.
            Let’s get to those things after we do the first step, the easy thing – a widespread, functioning bus system that works for the people who live all over the place, not just in downtown.

          3. Streetcars and buses are not mutually exclusive, there can be both, and one of the candidates for Ward 2’s seat (James Cooper) is on the EMBARK board and is going to push to double the amount of buses and expand routes in OKC, along with making bus stops more than a pole in the ground.

  2. Surprising it took this long.

  3. Oklahomans are such rubes. Had this happened in Chicago or New York over a thousand people would have shown up at the hospital with a personal injury lawyer in each hand.

  4. This video is very appropriate for this article.


    1. The lack of reaction from the tram drivers cracks me up:)

  5. What does it cost to ride… is it free

    1. It is free until February 2nd and after that it will cost you $1.

      1. $1 per ride or $3 per day.

  6. Has anyone checked Steve Lackmeyer’s car for pink paint?

    1. Careful he will call you out for trolling him…

      He’s sensitive don’t you know??

  7. Steve Lackmeyer has to be the easiest person on Social Media to get a rise out of. You don’t even have to be the type that tries. You simply have to ask an opposing view point question so that you may understand his thought. If you do this several times he will hit you with “Stop Trolling me! I’ll mute you! ” as he stomps. What a tool.

  8. If the vehicle “fled”, it didn’t flee more than a couple of yards. It was parked there against the bus for a long time with about 3 sets of LEOs surrounding it.

    1. “bus”, huh? And if it was really stopped there, why do eyewitnesses (actual passengers on the streetcar at the time) describe it as leaving the scene, according to KFOR and KWTV?

      1. Mike Morgan has been reassigned to “traffic” reporting!

  9. The train is about the most idiotic scheme okc has come up with. We need more bus routes that workers can actually use to get to work in less than 2 hours of bus travel/transfer. As an UBER driver I would hear out-of-downers comment in about the crappy streets in okc. I would always reply, “yes, our streets are horrible, but hey, have you seen our new train?”

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