The small, 4 seat automobile with six highschool ladies packed inside rolled via a cease signal at an Oklahoma intersection earlier than it was struck by a semi-truck, killing all the teenagers inside, federal investigators stated.
“Witnesses reported the (car) made a ‘rolling cease’ on the cease signal and entered (the intersection),” earlier than the violent collision with the truck that was hauling rocks, in accordance to a statement from NTSB spokesperson Peter Knudson.
The teenagers, who ranged in age from 15 to 17, have been touring in a Chevrolet Spark that’s designed to hold 4 passengers. Solely the motive force and the passenger have been carrying seat belts, in accordance with a report by the Oklahoma Freeway Patrol.
The women have been recognized as Gracie Machado, Brooklyn Triplett, Austin Holt, Madison Robertson, Addison Gratz and Reminiscence Wilson, the Each day Mail reported, citing family and friends.
The motive force of the truck, Valendon Burton, 51, was carrying a seatbelt and was not injured within the wreck, the reason for which stays underneath investigation.
No felony expenses have been filed within the crash, in accordance with OHP.
The entire ladies attended the tight-knit Tishomingo Excessive Faculty about 100 miles southeast of Oklahoma Metropolis. The highschool has an enrollment of simply 240 college students.
They have been out on lunch break on the time of the accident, in accordance with Superintendent Bobby Waitman.
The temper on the college was somber Wednesday, Waitman instructed The Publish. A memorial service is scheduled on the college on Friday evening on the soccer stadium.
“They have been recognized, they weren’t only a quantity,” Waitman stated. “They weren’t simply one other pupil. These younger individuals have been beloved by this group, and their loss is a superb one to everybody concerned.”
NTSB investigators are anticipated to finish on-scene work by Monday and supply a preliminary report on the crash inside 30 days. A closing report on the probably reason for the collision is predicted in 12 to 24 months, in accordance with Knudson’s assertion.
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