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Bus Accident Leaves Four College Softball Players Dead

Brigitte Barrera2 years ago

A violent accident n Oklahoma between a bus carrying the North Central Texas College Softball Team and a semi-trailer has left four people dead.

Details of the Oklahoma Bus Accident

According to the San Antonio Express-News, the accident happened Friday night, September 26, on Interstate 35 near Davis, Oklahoma.

The semi was driven by 53 year-old Russell Staley of Saginaw, Texas for Quickway Transportation of Nashville, Tennessee.

The bus was driven by the coach of the North Central Texas Softball team and had 15 passengers. The team was returning home to Gainesville, Texas after attending a scrimmage with Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma.

Staley was driving northbound on I-35 when the road began to curve, but the vehicle kept driving straight. After about 820 feet, the truck was between lanes.

The bus was traveling southbound when it was hit by the semi on the driver’s side. The semi kept driving for about 300 feet before completely crossing the southbound lane and veering off the interstate into trees.

Many were injured and four players lost their lives. Meagan Richardson, age 19, Brooke Deckard, age 20, Katelynn Woodlee, age 18, and Jaiden Pelton, age 20, have been identified as the deceased.

Authorities Investigate Oklahoma Bus Crash

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is leading the ongoing investigation to determine whether the incident occurred due to a driver error or a vehicle error.

According to a report Staley gave, he was distracted by something in the semi during the crash. Authorities, however, are still uncertain of this.

Authorities have obtained a search warrant for both the bus and the semi. The semi’s brakes have been found to be working fine, but more in-depth investigations will be occurring, such as viewing the vehicles data recorder which could show if Staley attempted to brake.

Staley has yet to be charged with anything.

Quickway Transportation does maintain high safety standards for their employees, even more strict than the industry standard, and the CEO, William Prevost, did release a statement regarding the players’ deaths.

A prayer vigil was held on the North Central Texas College campus Sunday night.

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