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Preliminary findings released on bus crash that killed 4 softball players

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DAVIS, Okla. – The National Transportation Safety Board has released its initial findings into a crash that claimed the lives of four young women.

On Sept. 26, a tractor-trailer hit a college softball team’s bus along I-35 near Davis.

The North Central Texas College women’s softball team was returning to Texas after a scrimmage in Bethany against Southern Nazarene University.

According to the board’s findings, the tractor-trailer did not follow the road and drove across the median and into the southbound lanes of I-35.

Officials say the tractor-trailer was traveling at about 72 miles per hour when it hit the left side of the bus.

At that point, the bus rolled onto its right side and came to rest on the west side of the southbound lanes.

The tractor-trailer drove off the road into a wooded area before it came to a stop.

The Department of Public Safety says 19-year-old Meagan Richardson, 18-year-old Katelynn Woodlee and 20-year-old Jaiden Pelton all died at the scene from massive injuries.

A fourth student died at a hospital in Sulphur a short time later.

Authorities say 20-year-old Brooke Deckard was pronounced dead at the hospital from massive injuries.

The report states that the victims who died were either fully or partially ejected during the accident.

The National Transportation Safety Board says the crash is still under investigation.