Commodities: Three Dead in Crash at Oklahoma State University Homecoming Event — 6th Update

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At least three people were killed and more than 30 others were injured when an allegedly intoxicated driver barreled into a crowd at Oklahoma State University’s homecoming parade Saturday morning.

The incident occurred around 10:30 a.m. in Stillwater, Okla., when a car traveling at a high rate of speed struck a parked police motorcycle and slammed through a crowd of people watching the parade at the intersection of Main Street and Hall of Fame Avenue, sending some spectators hurling through the air before finally crashing to a halt, according to authorities.

Wounded people, including eight with critical injuries, were taken to Stillwater Medical Center. Authorities said they feared that the death toll could rise.

“We are heartbroken by this tragedy,” Stillwater Mayor Gina Noble said in a news conference Saturday. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those that died and were injured.”

The driver was identified by authorities as Adacia Chambers, 25, of Stillwater. She was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and was being held in jail, said Stillwater Police Capt. Kyle Gibbs. She wasn’t believed to be a student at the university, which has more than 25,000 students, officials said. “We treat this as we would any homicide investigation,” Capt. Gibbs said, adding, “We’ll never fully understand.”

It wasn’t clear if Ms. Chambers had legal representation.

Television footage of the crash scene Saturday morning showed a scene of carnage, with emergency personnel tending to wounded people wearing the familiar orange and black colors of the university who were strewed all over the street.

Eyewitnesses said the car, a Hyundai Elantra, went through a barricade and struck many people, including children. Police didn’t release the names or ages of the victims. Police were asking witnesses to come forward, especially anyone with video footage of the crash.

“At first we thought it was part of the show,” Konda Walker, a 1991 Oklahoma State alum, told the local newspaper, the Stillwater News Press. “People were flying 30 feet into the air like rag dolls.”

Authorities credited emergency responders with quickly treating wounded spectators and hopefully helping to save lives. The responders included National Guard personnel and firefighters from two firetrucks who were part of the homecoming parade.

“They immediately began providing emergency first response,” said Stillwater Fire Chief Tom Bradley.

Oklahoma State President V. Burns Hargis said the university had decided to go forward with its scheduled football game against the University of Kansas Saturday afternoon.

“Tragically we lost three. I hope we don’t lose any more,” Mr. Hargis said.

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