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3 dead, including a student practitioner, by an alleged “drunk driver” in Oklahoma: Superintendent

At least three people are dead – including one student – after a school bus that drove a softball team in the middle school collided "head on" with an SUV allegedly driven by a drinking driver in Oklahoma, according to a statement by school officials.The accident happened late Friday near Bowlegs, Oklahoma, in US 377 in Seminole County, about an hour southeast of Oklahoma City, as the bus, carrying six girls and their coach from Konawa Junior High School, crossed Little River Bridge."… they were beaten by a drunk driver," said the school's superintendent Cory Ellis in a statement released on Saturday.A man driver and a female passenger in the SUV were pronounced dead on stage, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. One child died on the bus.The names and ages of all softball players, including the girl who died, have not been released, according to the state road patrol.The school is expected to be closed on Monday and extra-ordinary activities will be suspended during the week, Ellis says in the statement."It's totally devastating for our society and especially the family," says Karis Reavis, Konawa High School Manager. "They had played Okemah [a town one hour northeast of Konowa] and returned to Konowa."A prayer guard will begin at 6 am on Sunday in the Performing Arts Center and two local banks, Sooner State Bank and Bancfirst, will open accounts to receive donations starting on Monday, March 1Konawa is located 20 minutes south of Bowlegs, where the accident took place.Six other…

At least three people are dead – including one student – after a school bus that drove a softball team in the middle school collided “head on” with an SUV allegedly driven by a drinking driver in Oklahoma, according to a statement by school officials.

The accident happened late Friday near Bowlegs, Oklahoma, in US 377 in Seminole County, about an hour southeast of Oklahoma City, as the bus, carrying six girls and their coach from Konawa Junior High School, crossed Little River Bridge.

“… they were beaten by a drunk driver,” said the school’s superintendent Cory Ellis in a statement released on Saturday.

A man driver and a female passenger in the SUV were pronounced dead on stage, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. One child died on the bus.

The names and ages of all softball players, including the girl who died, have not been released, according to the state road patrol.

The school is expected to be closed on Monday and extra-ordinary activities will be suspended during the week, Ellis says in the statement.

“It’s totally devastating for our society and especially the family,” says Karis Reavis, Konawa High School Manager. “They had played Okemah [a town one hour northeast of Konowa] and returned to Konowa.”

A prayer guard will begin at 6 am on Sunday in the Performing Arts Center and two local banks, Sooner State Bank and Bancfirst, will open accounts to receive donations starting on Monday, March 1

Konawa is located 20 minutes south of Bowlegs, where the accident took place.

Six other people were injured in the crash, all on the bus, according to the authorities. Among the injured were the bus driver Joseph Scoggins, 30, who was treated for head, arm and leg injuries and was released.

Five female students were also treated for minor injuries and were released.

“We know that students and staff will respond differently to emergencies of this kind, so it is important to have support available to help both staff and students in need,” Ellis says in the statement. “Advisors will be available in the school’s approach to help students express their feelings related to tonight’s events.”

The bus travels south just after 19:15 when the SUV had pulled into the southern track to pass another car and the two vehicles hit each other’s head, according to a preliminary investigation by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol

Seminole Police Department shared on Facebook at 9:20 pm local time when the highway was closed due to the unfortunate accident: “You will not be able to get through in either direction or get close to the collision. Please pray for the families in this tragic situation.”

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