This is absolutely horrifying.
As Oklahoma State University was hosting their annual Homecoming Parade on Saturday morning in Stillwater, Oklahoma, tragedy struck when a car traveling at “high speed” barreled through the parade crowd.
The mayor of Stillwater confirmed to reporters that at least three people are dead, two more are in critical condition, and at least 27 more have been taken to the hospital.
Von Castor, a TV reporter who was there on an unrelated story, recalled what he saw at the crash scene:
“A car barreled through barricades and into the crowd where the parade was ending. It was an absolute horrible scene. I don’t know what the fatality count is, but I did see two fatalities.”
Law enforcement officials have since confirmed the third death, while also announcing the car came from outside the parade route, and had not been part of the festivities.
Apparently, the driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI:
STILLWATER: Police say they arrested the driver for driving under the the influence. She’s a 25 year old female who lives in Stillwater.
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The university took to Twitter to react to the tragedy:
Oklahoma State University is saddened by the tragic parade incident earlier this morning. Our thoughts & prayers are with those affected.
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OSU’s Homecoming Parade and other events were in anticipation of their college football game this afternoon against the University of Kansas. No word on the status of that, or any other events in Stillwater because of this incident.
Our thoughts are with the people affected by this awful tragedy.
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