Officials confirm 3 people killed, including 2 children, in tragic crash on I-35 in Purcell

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PURCELL, Okla. - Officials have confirmed three people were killed, including two children, in a tragic crash on I-35 in Purcell Monday afternoon.

Around 3:24 p.m., Erin Van Horn, 40, of Jenks, was driving a 2014 GMC Yukon on I-35 near mile marker 91 in Purcell when she crashed into a semi-truck.

Three people killed, including two children, in tragic crash in Purcell

Six children were in the GMC Yukon at the time of the crash.

Two of the children, a 10-year-old boy and an 11-year-old boy, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Van Horn was transported to a local hospital were she was later pronounced dead.

The other four children, three 13-year-old girls and a 7-year-old girl, were rushed to the hospital.

The three 13-year-old girls are in critical condition, according to a report from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The 7-year-old girl was treated and released, the OHP report states.

The semi-truck driver was not injured in the crash.

Details of the crash are still being investigated.

Three people killed, including two children, in tragic crash in Purcell

Jenks Public Schools released the following statement after learning two of their students were killed in the crash:

"We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Jenks’ parent Erin Van Horn and two Jenks Public Schools’ students. Our most heartfelt condolences are extended to all families affected by this tragic accident, and our thoughts are with those students who are recovering both mentally and physically from their injuries. We wish them all a quick and complete recovery, and we urge everyone to respect the privacy of the families during this difficult time. Because law enforcement officials have not released the names of the students, and out of respect to the families, Jenks Public Schools will not be referencing or discussing the names of those students involved."

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