Tishomingo, OK Wreck today: 6 teenage girls killed in an accident in Oklahoma were in a 4 seater car

OKLAHOMA CITY — Six teenage girls on a high school lunch break were killed when their small four-seat car collided with a large truck carrying rocks, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Wednesday.

According to OHP, only the 16-year-old driver and passenger of the car were wearing seat belts when the 2015 Chevrolet Spark collided with the truck on Tuesday afternoon.

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The accident happened in Tishomingo, a rural town of about 3,000 people about 100 miles southeast of Oklahoma City, highway patrol officers said. Those killed included the 16-year-old driver, three 15-year-olds and two 17-year-old passengers, highway patrol said.

Tishomingo Public School Superintendent Bobby Waitman told The Associated Press that the six were on a lunch break at the time of the crash, which occurred about a mile from Tishomingo High School.

Students in the district of about 850 students were in class Wednesday, Waitman said.

“Academics are honestly secondary at this point to the students knowing they belong, that they have a safe place,” Waitman said.

“You’ll never fully understand, I don’t think we’ll ever fully understand a loss like this,” Waitman added.

The girls’ names have not been released because they are teenagers.

Freeway patrol identified the driver of the truck as Valendon Burton, 51, of Burneyville, Oklahoma. According to the report, Burton was not injured in the crash.

The crash report released Wednesday morning says the circumstances surrounding the wreck are still under investigation. But OHP Trooper Shelby Humphrey said Tuesday night that the girls’ car was making a right turn when it collided with the truck, KXII-TV reported.

Waitman said memorial services for the students have not yet been scheduled and the district will be working with their families to potentially plan an on-campus memorial service.

The crash came a week after the deaths of nine people — including six members of a New Mexico college golf team and their coach — in a crash in west Texas. In that accident, the National Transportation Safety Board determined that a 13-year-old boy was behind the wheel of a truck when it crossed the center line and collided with a van carrying students from the University of the Southwest golf team.

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