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Updated: OSU Homecoming turns tragic

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STILLWATER, Okla. – OSU Homecoming, often claimed to be the biggest and best homecoming celebration in the country, turned tragic today when an alleged intoxicated driver plowed into the parade crowd leaving three dead, eight in critical condition, seven seriously injured and 17 walking wounded.

Stillwater officials held a press conference following the tragedy.

The crash happened at 10:31 a.m. at Hall of Fame and Main Street when a 2014 Hyundai Elantra traveling southbound on Main St. hit an unmanned police motorcycle then hit crowd of parade spectators, according to Stillwater Police Department Capt. Kyle Gibbs.

The driver was Adacia Chambers, 25, Stillwater resident.  She has been arrested, charged with driving under the influence and is being held at the Stillwater Police Department. According to OSU, Chambers is not a student.

Emergency vehicles that were in the parade assisted in the evacuation along with other emergency vehicles. Critical victims were taken to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

“We are heartbroken at this tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who have died and are injured”, said Stillwater Mayor Gina Noble.

OSU President Burns Hargis said, “OSU, of course, is just devastated by this tragedy. The OSU Homecoming Parade is probably one of the most wholesome happy events in the country and to have it fouled like this and these victims is a terrible tragedy.”

He continued, “We give our profound thanks to our first responders. The Cowboy family pulls together and unfortunately, we have had to do it before and we are going to do it again.”

“I’ve been here 29 years and I cannot recall an incident of this magnitude”, said Gibbs.

Hall of Fame and Main St. will be closed for many hours for investigation.

Gibbs also stated that a homicide investigation is ongoing and any witnesses are asked to contact the Stillwater Police Department, especially anyone with video. (405.372.4171).

10/24/2015 7:27 UPDATE: A two-year old child, previously in critical condition at The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center, died from injuries sustained from the car driving into a crowd at the OSU homecoming parade today.  Four fatalites have been confirmed and 44 people have sustained injuries following the tragic event at OSU.

Via Twitter OU Medical Center comfirmed that "four children and three adults remain hospitalized at OU Medical Center" in Oklahoma City.

Gov. Mary Fallin stated via Twitter "My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the tragic events at @okstate today. Multiple law enforcement agencies are assisting. I'm headed to Stillwater to join our #OSU family. Stay #OklahomaStrong"

10/24/2015 8:54 UPDATE: University of Central Oklahoma President Don Betz confirmed that UCO MBA student, Nikita Nakal of Mumbai, India was among the fatalities today at OSU.

"Our students come to Central with their unique goals, hopes and dreams, and Nikita was undoubtedly no different. While we mourn the potential unrealized, let us also honor her life by pulling closer and appreciating the strength of our Broncho family." stated President Betz in a letter to the UCO community.

Stillwater Director of Public Safety Norman McNickle says the names of the victims should be ready for release by 6 a.m. tomorrow.

“Victims have been sent to seven different area hospitals,” McNickle said, “and their job is to treat the wounded first and to notify us later.”

10/24/2015 9:39 UPDATE: A Skiatook second grade girl is one of injured life flighted from the OSU Homecoming parade.  Her mother Tasha Atwell posted on Facebook that "She was supposed to get to go to her first OSU football game today. Instead she took her first helicopter ride as she was life flighted from the homecoming parade in Stillwater to OKC. Please send prayers this way for my daughter and I will keep you updated on her condition! Please and thank you!"

The little girl has internal bleeding, broken ribs and bruised lung.  Other family members were also injured.

Kelly Howell Murphy was also injured at the parade and suffered two broken legs. 

 

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