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School Bus Carrying Gainesville Athletes Struck in Fatal Crash

Posted on behalf of Stephens, Anderson & Cummings on Sep 29, 2014 in Bus Accidents

School bus crash

A tragic accident involving a semitrailer and a school bus resulted in the deaths of four college students on Friday, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports.

The September 26 crash happened on Interstate 35 near the Texas-Oklahoma border. Police say a school bus carrying athletes from the North Central Texas Colleges softball team was struck by a tractor-trailer when the semi crossed into southbound lanes of traffic.

The bus was transporting the players back to school after a scrimmage game. The four players killed in the wreck have been identified as Katelynn Wodlee, 18; Meagan Richardson, 19; Brooke Deckard, 20; and Jaiden Pelton, 20.

Authorities are still investigating the accident, though distracted driving on the part of the tractor-trailer operator may be involved.

Officials note that 15 others were injured in the crash, including 48-year-old Van Hedrick, the softball teams coach who was driving at the time of the school bus accident.

The thoughts and prayers of all of us at Stephens, Anderson & Cummings go out to the families of the victims and those who survived the crash. Distracted driving is a negligent behavior that has reached epidemic proportions in our country, and we wish all the best to the families as they move forward with their lives after this tragedy.

If you or someone you love was hurt or killed in a distracted driving crash, you deserve justice. Stephens, Anderson & Cummings offers free case evaluations to ensure that your legal rights are being upheld.

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