Every state has specific places that are more dangerous than others – and Oklahoma is no exception. From intersections to neighborhoods to tornado-ridden areas, these 10 places in Oklahoma are some of the most dangerous, deadly places in the state.
1. I-44 Tornado Corridor
According to Popular Mechanics Magazine, the I-44 tornado corridor was listed as one of the most dangerous places on the planet. There have been more than 140 tornadoes in the region, dating back to the early 1900s. In the picture above, these cars are taking refuge under an overpass in the I-44 corridor as a tornado passes through the area.
2. The 5 mile stretch of I-35 between SE 15th and NE 36th in Oklahoma City.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) lists this stretch of highway as the most dangerous in the state. Many traffic related deaths occur every year on this highway. Between 2007 and 2012, when the data was recorded, 15 people were killed in car crashes in on that stretch. The number one reason for these accidents is due to driver inattention.
3. Broken Arrow Expressway at Memorial Drive in Tulsa.
The Broken Arrow Expressway and the Memorial exit is the most dangerous intersection in Tulsa. The road sees a very high volume of traffic daily and unfortunately many injury wrecks have occurred at the BA Expressway and Memorial. Two other locations on the BA Expressway - at Sheridan Rd. and Lewis Avenue - also top the list of dangerous intersections.
4. Carter County
Find the Home took a look at the FBI's 2014 Crime Report and created a list of the top 30 Most Dangerous Counties in the country. The data was based on violent crime rate, including murder. Carter County made the list at #22 as the most dangerous county in America. The number of violent crimes per 100k people: 938.1; number of violent crimes reported: 453.
5. On I-240 between the Will Rogers Airport and South Eastern Avenue.
As the 2nd worst highway in Oklahoma City, this stretch saw 14 deaths
between 2007 and 2012. ODOT continually reminds drivers to stay alert and always keep your eyes on the road.
6. The lakes
One of our state's most beautiful places, is also one of the most dangerous. Many drownings occur every year at multiple lakes across the state. Not only can the lakes be deadly, but they can also be very dangerous. At the top of the list for dangerous lakes are: Kaw Lake, Oologah Lake, Sooner Lake and Eufeula Lake. All have dangers such as, tree stumps, sandbars and shallow water filled with sticks or rocks. Please remember to never swim alone, know the danger zones and wear a life jacket.
7. E Mohawk Blvd and N. Cincinnati Ave in North Tulsa.
Neighborhood Scout created a list of the top 25 most dangerous neighborhoods in the country based on their data gathered from the FBI and local law enforcement. This neighborhood in North Tulsa made the list at #9. What's your chance of becoming a victim of violent crime in this area? 1 in 13.
8. NE 36th St. and N. Martin Luther King Ave., Oklahoma City
Another neighborhood that has made the list of 25 worst neighborhoods in the U.S. is NE 36th and N. Martin Luther King Ave in Oklahoma City. Those living below the poverty line include half the families in this neighborhood. And the chance of being a victim is 1 in 12.
9. Midwest City
The most dangerous suburb in Oklahoma and the fourth most dangerous in the country is Midwest City, according to Movoto Real Estate Blog. Their data reports 1 in 17 people will be a victim of a crime. On a positive note, Midwest City had the fourth lowest violent crime of any in their top 10 list.
10. East 71 St and South Mingo Drive in Tulsa.
This intersection is considered the 2nd most dangerous in Tulsa. From the nearby mall, Union School traffic and hospitals, this busy intersection has an accident every few days. Of those accidents, police handled 94 of them in 2015. The City is planning on widening the road in the near future for the safety of the public.
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