Child Among 3 Killed in Oklahoma Crash Involving School Bus

March 9, 2019 Updated: March 9, 2019

BOWLEGS, Oklahoma—The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a child was among three people killed in a head-on crash involving a school bus.

A patrol report says the crash occurred just after 7:15 p.m. on Friday, March 8, on U.S. 377 near Bowlegs, about 50 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. A girl on the bus was killed along with two people in an SUV.

The Konawa school district’s website says the girl was one of six Junior High softball players returning home from a game. Five other girls on the bus and the bus driver were treated and released from area hospitals.

No names or ages have been released.

The patrol’s report says crash occurred when the southbound bus collided with the northbound SUV that was passing another vehicle. Both vehicles then burst into flames.

“My thoughts are with the Konawa Junior High School students and their families,” Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt wrote on Twitter. “I have reached out to the district to offer any support they may need during this difficult time.”

Konowa Public School officials have decided to cancel classes for Monday, and extra-curricular activities have been canceled through March 16 in light of the accident.

“Parents, Students, Staff and Community Members, with a heavy heart and immeasurable sorrow, I want to discuss the tragedy which has deeply affected all of us,” Superintendent Cory Ellis wrote on the district’s Facebook page.

Parents, Students, Staff and Community Members, with a heavy heart and immeasurable sorrow, I want to discuss the…

Posted by Konawa Public School, District 67-I004 on Saturday, 9 March 2019

“We know that students and staff will react in different ways to emergencies of this nature, so it will be important to have support available to assist both staff and students in need,” he said. “Counselors will be available in the school setting to assist students as they express their feelings related to last night’s event.”

“We know that while it’s important to deal with grief, loss, and anger reactions, we also believe it is essential to resume as normal a routine as possible regarding school activities by providing support from peers and colleagues,” Ellis said. “There will be modifications to the school week next week and we will keep you notified of school closing, start late, or activity cancellations shortly.”

NTD reporter Tiffany Meier contributed to this report.

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