Oklahoma State University’s homecoming weekend has been shocked by tragedy. A car hurtled through the crowd at the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade in Stillwater, Okla., leaving three people dead and 22 others injured.
This is just horrible. A car barreled through the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade at “high speed,” killing three people and sending 22 other victims to the hospital, reports claim. The car was not a part of the parade and left people running for their lives as it careened into the crowd.
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“A car barreled through barricades and into the crowd where the parade was ending,” Von Castor, a News On 6 employee told the station. “It was an absolute horrible scene. I don’t know what the fatality count is, but I did see two fatalities.”
Witnesses told the outlet that the scene was very chaotic and victims were everywhere. The car was on Main Street before crashing into the crowd at the intersection of the Hall of Fame. Stillwater mayor Gina Noble confirmed three people were dead and 27 were taken to the hospital. Eight helicopters responded to help the injured.
Dave Kapple told Stillwater News Press that he and his son were only 10 feet away from where the crash happened. “We heard somebody scream, ‘Look out!.’ (The driver) plowed through a police motorcycle, and then a crowd of people,” Dave said, according to CBS News. “People were flying everywhere.”
The car’s driver, Adacia Avery Chambers, 25, of Stillwater, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, Kyle Gibbs of Stillwater’s police department said, according to CNN.
The Oklahoma State University homecoming parade is a huge event for the university every year. Tens of thousands of OSU fans participate in various homecoming activities. Oklahoma State is supposed to host Kansas University in its homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 24. Oklahoma State president Burns Hargis confirms the OSU-Kansas will be played despite the deadly crash, according to the Associated Press.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this awful tragedy.
— Avery Thompson