Four Killed After Semi Crashes Into College Softball Team's Bus

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Four Killed After Semi Crashes Into College Softball Team's Bus

NBC News - Four Texas college students died after a tractor-trailer crossed the median on an Oklahoma highway and crashed into a bus carrying an all-female softball team Friday night, officials said. 

Three team members were killed at the scene and a fourth teammate died in the hospital, Capt. Ronnie Hampton of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said during a news conference Saturday morning. 

Eleven students were transported to nearby hospitals, Hampton said. Six of the hospitalized students were discharged Saturday morning, Daryle Voss, president of Mercy Hospital Ardmore, told NBC News.

The bus carrying the team from North Central Texas College was traveling southbound on I-35 near the town of Ardmore in southern Oklahoma at around 9 p.m. CT (10 p.m. ET) when a northbound semi-truck crossed a “wide” median and slammed into the bus, causing it to roll. 

The semi-truck continued into a heavily wooded area, Hampton said. The driver of the semi-truck was transported to Paul's Valley Hospital and the driver of the bus, also the softball coach, refused treatment at the scene, Hampton said. 

The NTSB launched an investigation, and Hampton said Oklahoma authorities would pursue a homicide investigation.

The softball team had just played a game against Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma, on Friday, and were about 40 miles from their school on the Texas border when the crash occurred. 

The team roster listed a 20-person, all-female team comprised of freshman and sophomores. Nearly all of them are native Texans. “We ask for your prayers at this time for our softball team. 

Their bus has been involved in an accident in Oklahoma,” North Central Texas College wrote in a Facebook post.

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Daniel B.'s Comment
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Folks, that is the reality of how much responsibility this job demands. Even a second of inattentiveness can end your life and someone else's.

Trucks are mammoths compared to everything else on the road. This job isn't a vacation, you can slaughter people.

God bless everyone involved.

Richard D.'s Comment
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I'm still a student. This kind of stuff takes my breath away. I promise to be safe and responsible while on the road.

mountain girl's Comment
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...This kind of stuff takes my breath away ...

-Richard D

Yeah, me too.

-mountain girl

Anchorman's Comment
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oklahoma softball bus crash

DeJuan J.'s Comment
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I wonder if the truck driver fell asleep at the wheel or tried to swerve and miss something.

Anchorman's Comment
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I wonder if the truck driver fell asleep at the wheel or tried to swerve and miss something.

The only thing I have seen so far is that the NTSB is investigating. If they release more details then I will update the post.

Jolie R.'s Comment
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How incredibly sad but an important reminder of why there are so many regs regarding drugs and sleep apnea. I am the first to admit I am not thrilled I have to take a sleep apnea test, but if it will possibly keep me from something like this I am all in.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

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Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
PJ's Comment
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I've been through there a few times. My prayers go out to the victim's.

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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Awful. This is the kind of stuff that just eats me up about some "drivers". Unless this person had a health emergency, he should be charged and locked up. Just sickening. God bless the families of the deceased, the other team members and everyone else affected by this.

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