Three people were killed and 22 were injured after a car plowed into a crowd watching the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade on Saturday.
Police said that Adacia Chambers, 25, who was not part of the official parade, was arrested for driving under the influence after she drove into a crowd in Stillwater, Oklahoma, around 10.30am.
According to witnesses her Hyundai Elantra was driving at speeds of up to 50mph, ran into a parked police motorcycle and left the spectators running for cover as some were thrown ’30 feet into the air like rag dolls’.
Paramedics and helicopters rushed to the scene and officials have said that three people have died as a result of the injuries they suffered.
Captain Kyle Gibbs told reporters that eight were critically injured and flown from the scene by air ambulance.
They were taken to Tulsa as well as to Oklahoma University Medical Center in Oklahoma City.
Seven others were seriously injured and seven had less serious injuries.
“Oklahoma State University is saddened by the tragic parade incident earlier this morning. Our thoughts & prayers are with those affected.” the school tweeted according to NewsOn6
Witnesses at the scene were shocked by the incident as it occurred.
‘At first we thought it was part of the show,’ Konda Walker, a 1991 OSU alumna, told the Stillwater News Press. ‘People were flying 30 feet into the air like rag dolls.’
Others first thought that the parade had been targeted with a bomb.
The Sea of Orange parade takes place each year before the school’s homecoming game, and features student associations and members of Greek life as well as marching bands.
The route takes the groups up along Stillwater’s Main Street until it intersects with Hall of Fame Avenue, which leads to the OSU stadium.
Chambers’s car came south on Main Street and hit the end of the parade route, according to officials.
Gibbs did not say whether Chambers was visibly drunk, but added that there was probable cause for arresting her for driving while intoxicated.
Chambers is not believed to be an OSU student.
Oklahoma State President Vaden Burns Hargis said that the university had thought about not playing their homecoming game against Kansas, but has decided to go on with the game and ‘remember’ those who had died in the incident.
An employee at a restaurant near the crash said that National Guard units had pushed people blocks from the intersection where the incident occurred.
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