6 students killed in Tishomingo crash were in car that seats 4
TISHOMINGO, Okla. (KXII) - Six teenage students killed in a collision with a semi were riding in a small car with only four seats, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Wednesday.
Only the 16-year-old car’s driver and front-seat passenger were wearing seat belts when the 2015 Chevrolet Spark collided with the truck Tuesday afternoon in Tishomingo, the highway patrol said.
The highway patrol says those killed include the 16-year-old driver, three 15-year-olds, and two 17-year-old passengers.
The victims’ names weren’t released because they are juveniles.
According to Tishomingo Public Schools, the teens attended the Tishomingo high school.
The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said they were called out to a wreck at the intersection of U.S. 377, State Highway 22, and State Highway 99.
Troopers said a semi truck was headed south on US-377 and a car was headed east on OK-22, when the car stopped at a stop sign, attempted to make a turn, and was hit by a semi.
Troopers said this caused the car to move back about 30 yards from the intersection, where the collision occurred.
Tishomingo Public School Superintendent Bobby Waitman said in a Facebook post that the district had “a great loss” involving students from the district’s high school.
“Our hearts are broken, and we are grieving with our students and staff,” said Waitman.
A benefit account for the families affected by this tragedy has been set up at Ameristate Bank in Tishomingo. Donations can be made to the Tishomingo Strong Benefit and Memorial Account by calling the bank’s Tishomingo branch at 580-219-6040.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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