Oklahoma’s Tishomingo Accident (KFOR) – Following an examination into a collision that claimed the lives of six teenage Tishomingo girls, the National Transportation Safety Board published its findings.
On Tuesday, March 22, at around 12:19 p.m., the adolescents lost their lives when the 2015 Chevrolet Spark they were riding in was hit by a 1994 Peterbilt tractor-trailer near the intersection of Oklahoma 22 and U.S. 377.
According to NTSB officials, the tractor-trailer was hauling gravel and traveling south on U.S. 377 as it approached the Oklahoma 22 crossroads. It was being driven by Burton Trucking LLC, an intrastate trucking company with its headquarters in Burneyville, Oklahoma.
The 50 mph posted speed restriction applied to U.S. 377. A 16-year-old was operating the Chevy Spark as it traveled east on Oklahoma 22 and neared U.S. 377. At the crossroads, Oklahoma 22 was under the authority of a stop sign.
The Chevy was struck on its front-left side as it made a left turn in front of the tractor-trailer. About 364 feet from the impact, it came to a rest on a gravel road. According to NTSB officials, the tractor-trailer veered off the road and stopped 241 feet or so from the point of contact.
According to post-crash toxicology reports, the driver of the automobile tested positive for cannabis but negative for alcohol, according to NTSB officials. The driver of the combined vehicle tested negative for both alcohol and other substances.
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Less than six months before the collision, Chevy’s driver received an intermediate license.
“A driver who is awarded an intermediate license may transport only one non-household passenger in the vehicle unless accompanied by a licensed driver at least 21 years of age,” NTSB officials said. This is by the state of Oklahoma’s Graduated Driver’s License standards.
According to a report from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol published in March, the Chevy failed to stop at the intersection’s stop sign. The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation assisted the NTSB.