Tishomingo High School and community members are mourning the death of 6 female students who were in a fatal car crash with a semi-truck on Tuesday.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the crash happened at the intersection of U.S. 337 and Oklahoma 22 around 12 pm. Reports further detailed that a semi-truck was going towards south on U.S 377 while the car that the students were in was at a stop sign. It isn’t yet clear how the accident happened, but the semi-truck hit the car with the students and the car was found 100 feet away completely wrecked, the roof and the doors were ripped off.
“We’re not sure how much of that was caused by the crash or by emergency responders but the scene was heartbreaking,” the OHP official stated.
According to Superintendent Bobby Waitman, counsellors are readily available to students and counselling sessions are available at Tishomingo High School through the evening.
Further information revealed that a 16-year-old girl from Connerville was driving the four-seat 2015 Chevrolet Spark with her 5 teen peers inside. The ages of the 6 students ranged from 15 to 17, but only the driver and the 17-year-old seated in the front passenger seat were wearing seatbelts.
While the accident turned out to be fatal for the students, the Peterbilt semi-truck driver, Velendon Burton who is 51-year-old was not hurt. The driver from Burneyville was wearing his seatbelt and no criminal charges were filed according to OHP spokeswoman Sarah Stewart.
Waitman gave a statement to The Post, explaining why the school was still open after the accident saying he believes that is where the students wanted to be with each other and he felt “like they need something constant in their lives”.
The students who were from grades 9 through 12 were said to be well known by the school and will greatly be missed.
“They were not just another student. These young people were loved by this community, and their loss is a great one to everyone involved,” Waitman added.
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