Another Fatal College Bus Accident Involving A Tractor Trailer Is Under Investigation As A Homicide
Another College Bus Accident Has Killed Four North Central Texas College Students After Being Hit By A Tractor Trailer
A September 26th college bus accident that fatally wounded four Texas college softball players and injured 15 more is now under investigation like a homicide according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the National Transportation Safety Board. The bus was hit by a passing tractor trailer that crossed the interstate and stuck the bus in the side.
On September 26th, a bus transporting the young women to North Central Texas College after a softball game in Oklahoma was struck by a tractor trailer. According to the police report, the tractor-trailer was traveling north toward Oklahoma, crossed over the interstate onto the south-bound side where the bus was traveling back to Texas and struck the bus in the side. “We just know that the semi impacted the bus and the bus was traveling southbound on the interstate when the collision occurred,” Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Ronnie Hampton said.
[http://abcnews.go.com/US/bus-crash-killed-investigated-homicide/story?id=25809951, September 2014]
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is investigating the college bus accident like a homicide. According to the Oklahoma Department of Public the weather was clear and the roads were dry at the time of the accident, indicating that something else must have gone wrong to cause the tractor trailer to cross the interstate and hit the bus. The accident report states the semi truck struck the bus in the side. The front end of the bus, however, remained mostly undamaged. After hitting the bus, the truck kept going until it drove off the side of the road. The tractor trailer drove far away from the crash site. It took the Oklahoma state highway patrol an hour to locate the semi. The strange circumstances surrounding the crash and the high number of injuries and deaths have prompted the homicide investigation by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the NTSB.
The truck driver was a Texas resident driving a 2013 Peterbilt owned by Quickway Transportation of Nashville, Tennessee. The driver suffered minor injuries from the fatal college bus accident. The bus driver was also a Texas resident and suffered minor injuries. The bus was owned by North Central Texas College. Unfortunately, the passengers of the bus did not escape serious injury, as 4 of the young women were killed and 15 additional women were injured. Injuries ranged from minor to critical for all 15 women. Three of the women died at the scene of the crash and the fourth died soon after reaching the hospital.
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board have decided to investigate the fatal college bus accident as a homicide due to the high number of fatalities and injures and the strange circumstances surrounding the crash. According to the Oklahoma State Highway Patrol, both drivers have taken toxicology tests, but no charges are pending against either driver. Charges may be filed after the NTSB completes its investigation. College President Brent Wallace said in a statement about the accident, “This is the most traumatic event that NCTC has had in its 90 years of history.”
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