6 teenagers killed in Tishomingo crash were in 4 passenger car

The six teenage girls who died in a tractor-trailer accident in Oklahoma were stuffed into a four-seater car, authorities said Wednesday.

A 16-year-old girl was driving a 2015 Chevrolet Spark hatchback with four passengers and five other teenagers inside when the small car collided with a tractor-trailer in Tishomingo on Tuesday, killing all six occupants, ages 15 to 17.

Only the teenage Connerville driver and her 17-year-old passenger were wearing their seat belts at the time, according to The Post’s Oklahoma Highway Patrol accident report.

All of the victims, five of whom lived in Tishomingo, were pronounced dead at the scene, where the small car was obliterated.

The driver of the Peterbilt tractor-trailer, Valendon Burton, 51, of Burneyville, was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

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The six teenage girls who died in the semi-trailer accident in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, were crammed into a four-seat 2015 Chevrolet Spark hatchback.
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The six girls attended Tishomingo High School in Oklahoma.

The cause of the deadly wreckage was under further investigation on Wednesday, authorities said.

No criminal charges were filed in the crash, OHP spokeswoman Sarah Stewart said.

The six girls had attended Tishomingo High School, where they were known to many of its 240 or so students, Superintendent Bobby Waitman told The Post.

Classes at the school Waitman attended earlier in the day were held on Wednesday, he said.

“We’re open because we feel like school is a place that a lot of our students want to be and we feel like they need something constant in their lives,” Waitman told The Post. “A lot of them need to be together today.”

The mood among the students at the school is “gloomy,” Waitman said.

“You feel the loss. But at the same time, when they saw staff ready to greet them and that they mourned with them, we only hope and pray there will be some relief for the children,” he said.

Waitman said he had “limited interactions” Tuesday with some relatives of the young victims, who were in grades nine through 12 of high school. He declined to elaborate on their identities, other than that they were acquainted and involved in extracurricular activities.

“They were well known, they weren’t just a number,” Waitman said. “You weren’t just another student. These young people were loved by this community and their loss is a great loss for all involved.”

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The truck driver was not injured.
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Only the driver and front passenger were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.
AP 6 teenagers killed in Tishomingo crash were in 4 passenger car


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