Semi-truck wreck claims lives of 4 softball players

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol was on the scene of a fatal accident that occurred near Turner Falls around 9 p.m. on Sept. 26. For unknown reasons, a northbound semi-truck on I-35 went across the median into oncoming southbound traffic and struck a bus. Three young women were killed in the wreck, and a fourth died afterward in the hospital.

The van was reportedly on the return trip to North Central Texas College, where the women were members of a softball team. The driver, who is also the coach of the team, was not seriously injured in the crash.

The Highway Patrol captain who was interviewed believed the investigation into this fatal truck accident could take several weeks to complete. He also indicated that standard procedures in an accident such as this require toxicology tests be done on both of the drivers involved. The driver of the semi-truck was hospitalized with undisclosed non-life-threatening injuries.

Families of the accident victims in this case could pursue a wrongful death civil action claim as the sudden loss of a loved one in an accident may entitle them to financial compensation. A personal injury attorney may help family members of the deceased obtain police reports and sort through the details of the investigation. The proceedings in a civil lawsuit take place separate from any criminal court action. Civil court litigation may or may not be necessary as an attorney could also help families of the victims negotiate insurance settlements.

Source: KTRK, "Texas college softball bus crashes in Oklahoma, 4 dead", October 27, 2014

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