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Six students killed in crash with CMV, car driver reportedly attempted U-turn


Police in Oklahoma are investigating a two vehicle crash that left several girls dead on Tuesday afternoon.

The crash occurred around 12:20 p.m. on March 22 in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP), the crash occurred at the intersection of State Highway 22 and U.S. Highway 377, as a 2015 Chevrolet Spark and a 1994 Peterbilt hauling rocks collided.

Six female Tishomingo High School students ranging in age from 15 to 17 were inside the Spark returning from lunch when the crash occurred. The vehicle only seats four people, and a sixteen year old was behind the wheel, authorities say.

The truck was southbound on Highway 377 and the Chevrolet Spark was eastbound on Highway 22 and stopped at a stop sign moments before the collision.

The driver of the Spark attempted to make a U-turn and was hit by the truck, according to local outlet Newson6.

“When we got to the scene you could see the car about 100 feet or so from the intersection completely totaled,” OHP told local outlet KFOR.

Four of the girls died at the scene. Two others were transported to the hospital but later succumbed to their injuries.

The driver of the Peterbilt, 51 year old Valendon Burton, was not injured.

Troopers say that only the driver of the Spark and one other passenger were wearing seatbelts when the crash occurred.

This is a developing story. The crash remains under investigation.


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