Sunday, 25 October 2015

US Oklahoma 'drunk driver' kills four people

Bystanders help the injured after a vehicle crashed into a crowd of spectators during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade (24 October 2015)
A car travelling at high speed driven by a suspected drunk driver has crashed into a crowd of spectators during a university parade in the US state of Oklahoma, killing four people and injuring 44 others, police say.

A local woman, 25, has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after her vehicle hit the crowd in Stillwater.

Witnesses described dozens of bodies being flung into the air.

Police said it was one of the worst accidents they had seen in 30 years.

The initial death toll was three, but a two-year-old boy died later from his injuries.

Five children and three adults remain in hospital, some in critical condition, officials say.

The accident happened as the crowds were watching a homecoming parade - a tradition event welcoming back Oklahoma State University (OSU) alumni.
Emergency personnel respond to the scene of an accident after a vehicle crashed into a crowd of spectators during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade (24 October 2015)
The car is reported to have hit a stationary police motorbike - which had no rider at the time - before ploughing into spectators at the homecoming parade.

Stillwater Mayor Gina Noble said that the incident had left people in the town heartbroken, while OSU President Burns Hargis said that what was supposed to be "a wholesome, happy event" had been besmirched by "a terrible tragedy".

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