Four Killed After Semi Crashes Into College Softball Team's Bus
NBC News - Four Texas college students died after a tractor-trailer crossed the median on an Oklahoma highway and crashed into a bus carrying an all-female softball team Friday night, officials said.
Three team members were killed at the scene and a fourth teammate died in the hospital, Capt. Ronnie Hampton of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said during a news conference Saturday morning.
Eleven students were transported to nearby hospitals, Hampton said. Six of the hospitalized students were discharged Saturday morning, Daryle Voss, president of Mercy Hospital Ardmore, told NBC News.
The bus carrying the team from North Central Texas College was traveling southbound on I-35 near the town of Ardmore in southern Oklahoma at around 9 p.m. CT (10 p.m. ET) when a northbound semi-truck crossed a “wide” median and slammed into the bus, causing it to roll.
The semi-truck continued into a heavily wooded area, Hampton said. The driver of the semi-truck was transported to Paul's Valley Hospital and the driver of the bus, also the softball coach, refused treatment at the scene, Hampton said.
The NTSB launched an investigation, and Hampton said Oklahoma authorities would pursue a homicide investigation.
The softball team had just played a game against Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma, on Friday, and were about 40 miles from their school on the Texas border when the crash occurred.
The team roster listed a 20-person, all-female team comprised of freshman and sophomores. Nearly all of them are native Texans. “We ask for your prayers at this time for our softball team.
Their bus has been involved in an accident in Oklahoma,” North Central Texas College wrote in a Facebook post.