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Man Turns Himself in for Killing 4 Softball Players

Victoria Burguess1 year ago

In Murray County, Oklahoma, the man who had been driving a semi that slammed into a college softball bus, killing four of the players in 2014 has turned himself in.

Truck Driver Charged with Homicide

KFOR reports 53-year-old Russell Staley has been charged with four counts of homicide. The collision happened on I-35 in Murray County back in September.

The bus was on its way back from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma and was carrying NCTC softball players. Three of the softball players were pronounced dead on the scene, and the fourth died in a hospital in Sulphur.

Staley’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 28th.

Trucking Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 3,921 people were killed in trucking accidents in 2012, marking a 4-percent increase from the 3,781 deaths recorded in 2011.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents in 2012:
    • 697 were occupants of large trucks
    • 2,843 were occupants of other vehicles
    • 381 were non-occupants, including bicyclists and pedestrians
  • An additional 104,000 people were injured in trucking accidents in 2012, up from 88,000 in 2011.

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