Local university speaks out after tragic accident kills 4 softball players

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BETHANY, Okla. - A bus carrying a Texas softball team traveling back to Gainesville was involved in a deadly accident with a semi-truck in Murray County late Friday.

Authorities say four young women died and another dozen suffered injuries.

The students had just played a softball game at Southern Nazarene University and were on their way back to Texas at the time of the crash.

Shortly after 9 p.m. on Friday, the bus, which was carrying the girl’s softball team from North Central Texas College, was hit by a semi-truck along I-35 in Murray County, near Turner Falls.

Katelyn Woodlee, Jaiden Pelton, Brooke Deckard and Meagan Richardson all lost their lives.

The National Transportation Safety Board's report of the tire marks tells a shocking story.

They say the preliminary look showed no evidence of the truck skidding, braking or using evading maneuvers.

Tere Webber, coach of Southern Nazarene University's softball team, says her team is trying to do their part in helping ease the pain of the team.

On Sunday night SNU held a vigil remembering them not as competitors but as sisters.

"We want them to know that if we could hug them, we would hug them. That's all we can do right now is just to love on each other and love and being there for each other is what helps in healing." said Webber

According to KTEN, NTSB will be in Oklahoma for about a week to look at the highway factors including lighting, vehicle factors, and human factors to name a few.  They have also brought in people to make sure the families are getting the support that is needed and medical doctors to help gather medical records.

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