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Four Dead at Oklahoma State Homecoming Parade

An automobile crash at the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade has left four dead.

A vehicle reportedly crashed into a police motorcycle and then veered into a crowd of spectators. Police initially reported three deaths and 22 injuries (UPDATE: A toddler later succumbed to injuries). The Stillwater News-Press reports 27 people, including children, transported for treatment, with ten in critical condition. Pictures of a Stillwater, Oklahoma, intersection on the parade route show police tape, debris, and concerned bystanders. Tulsa’s NewsOn6 reports that eight helicopters responded to the scene to help transport victims.

Police arrested a 25-year-old woman on suspicion of DUI.

“A car barreled through barricades and into the crowd where the parade was ending,” Von Castor of NewsOn6 observes. “It was an absolute horrible scene. I don’t know what the fatality count is, but I did see two fatalities.”

Dubbed “America’s Greatest Homecoming Celebration,” the event dates back to 1913.  The school’s alumni association notes, “The event returns tens of thousands of proud alumni to Stillwater during the fall to partake in the festivities and reconnect with their alma mater.”

The 6-0 Oklahoma State Cowboys host the 0-6 Kansas Jayhawks at 3:30 p.m. Eastern. Oklahoma State’s president says the game will not be cancelled.

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