Driver of Semi Collides with Bus Carrying College Softball Team

Lauren Petterson – 23 News Staff Writer

A Semi-Trailer in Ardmore, Oklahoma collided with a bus carrying the North Central Texas College Softball team, killing four students and injuring several others on Friday night.

North Central Texas College is mourning the deaths of Katelynn Woodlee, 18; JaidenPelton, 20; Brooke Deckard, 20; and Meagan Richardson, 19.

“This is the most traumatic event that NCTC has had in its 90 years of history,” said the college’s President, Brent Wallace.

The crash occurred on a portion of I-35 where the speed limit is 70 MPH. The team’s bus was headed southbound, while the semi was headed northbound. The semi veered over the rumble tracks, over a large grass median, and into the southbound lane where it then crashed into the bus.

The team was returning from a game played against the Southern Nazarene University Softball team, and was approximately 40 miles away from their destination at the time of the crash.

According to NBC, there was a lack of cable barriers between north and southbound lanes at the portion of the highway where the crash occurred. Only a few miles away from the crash, there are steel cable barriers separating the sides of the highway that could have prevented the accident.

NBC also states that Oklahoma Highway Patrol could not confirm whether or not anything within the truck caused the truck driver to be distracted. The investigation is being treated as a homicide.

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