Oklahoma school crash: one dead and several injured after truck hits students


Officials had previously said that senior Rachel Freeman was killed when the driver of the truck slammed into members of the school's cross-country team.

Police allege Townsend then attempted to flee the scene and was pursued by a witness for three blocks until he rammed into another auto, disabling his own vehicle. Three of them remain hospitalized in critical condition with serious vehicular injuries, Moore Police Department Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said.

"I did ask if it was a student at Moore high school, and they said, 'no, it was not, '" Lewis said, according to the news outlet.

Dustin Horstkoetter, the Director of Safety and Security for the Moore Public School District said to see kids and coaches helping injured students is a testament to the kind of community they live in.

Students Hit
A red truck hit several Moore High School students killing 2 in Moore Oklahoma. AP

He was arrested and charged with one count of manslaughter and six counts of fleeing the scene of an accident. Police tell WQAD Channel 8 that investigators were waiting for a warrant to draw Townsend's blood to test his blood-alcohol level. The victim that died at the scene has been identified as senior Rachel Freeman.

He continued: 'this evening and as we move forward through this unthinkable tragedy - please keep our students, staff, and families in your thoughts and prayers. "Our sympathies are with the Freeman family during this time".

Police also told KFOR that Townsend's 28-year-old son was killed in a auto accident on Sunday, not far from Monday's crime scene. Student Kolby Crum was in critical condition at Oklahoma Children's Hospital, according to spokeswoman April Sandefer, while students Joseph White and Shiloh Hutchinson were in fair condition.

Many students were the first to call 911 and help their fellow classmates, police said.

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