Local tributes took play days after an 18-wheeler crashed into a bus on Interstate 35 near Davis, Oklahoma, claiming the lives of four softball players from North Central Texas College in Gainesville, The Dallas Morning News reported on September 28.
The deceased were identified as 19-year-old Meagan Richardson; 20-year-old Brooke Deckard; 20-year-old Jaiden Pelton; and 18-year-old Katelynn Woodlee. All four were from small North Texas towns.
Fifty-three-year-old Saginaw resident Russell Staley, the semi-trailer driver, also sustained injuries in the crash. He stated that he was distracted by something in the truck’s cabin, but no other information was released. After Staley hit the bus after failing to follow the road’s curve and slowly veering in the other lane. The truck did not even stop until a few hundred feet later when it hit trees.
Police investigators, who acquired warrants to search both vehicles, said there were no problems with the truck’s brakes. The results of their investigation will be handed over to the local district attorney, who will then determine if charges will be pursued.
Truck accidents are one of the most dangerous types of motor vehicular accidents, as the massive size and weight of the vehicle can easily result in serious injury or death. If you have been the victim of a truck accident in Texas, contact the San Antonio attorneys at the Chris Mayo Law Firm by calling (210) 899-5440 today, and discuss your legal options.