A car accident can change everything in an instant, leaving grieving family members and a reeling community. In an example close to home, this weekend saw a horrific tragedy for North Central Texas College, when four women’s softball players were killed in a car accident on the way home from a scrimmage in Bethany, Oklahoma. For reasons still unknown, an 18-wheeler semi-truck crossed the median into on-coming traffic on Interstate 35, striking the bus, which was transporting 15 players and their coach, before continuing off the side of the road. Law enforcement had to search for almost an hour to find the truck in the chaotic wake of the accident. Two additional softball players are currently hospitalized, but, fortunately, both are expected to recover.
The community of Gainesville, the location of NCTC, has come together in the wake of the tragedy, holding a prayer vigil Sunday evening and expressing an outpouring of support for the families of the victims. In addition to an investigation by Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the National Transportation Safety Board is also looking into the circumstances of the crash. The incident occurred near the town of Ardmore, Oklahoma, on an interstate that sees heavy traffic from travellers, diesel trucks, and other vehicles on their way across Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri. With high speeds, bustling traffic, and massive vehicles on the road, all it takes is a single moment of distraction, poor decisions, or a simple mistake to turn a simple trip into a horrible tragedy.
The Lubbock TX car accident attorneys of Liggett Law Group offer our condolences to the families, friends, and community of the victims of this tragedy. We hope that this horrific accident will serve as a reminder that constant vigilance on the road is absolutely imperative to keep the interstates, highways, and streets as safe as possible.