Collisions on the roadways of Oklahoma and elsewhere inflict serious pain and suffering on individuals nearly every day. Most of these incidents involve one or two injury victims as well as varying degrees of property damage.
The potential for even more damaging accidents does exist, and one recently happened in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, this March.
Six teenage girls killed
Newsweek reported on a car and semi-truck accident that took the lives of six students of Tishomingo High School. The accident happened just after lunch on March 22nd at a three-way intersection. The girls, ranging in age from 15 to 17, occupied a Chevy Spark, a small model vehicle intended for only four people.
The investigation remained under investigation by authorities. Initial reports state that the Spark stopped at a stop sign and then performed a U-turn when the collision occurred. Officials reported four of the girls died at the scene and two died later at the hospital. The semi-truck driver, a 51-year-old man, received no injuries.
More deadly crashes happening
While the local community deals with the impacts, authorities point to a continuing deadly trend on the nation’s roads. Vehicle accidents have taken the lives of more than 650 people in Oklahoma since the start of 2022. This number does not break the top ten for states with fatal crashes.
An increase in deadly crashes began in 2020 and continues at alarming levels. More than 20,000 people died on U.S. roads in the first half of 2021, a rate higher than in recent years. The Secretary of the Department of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, earlier called the increased deaths ” a crisis.”