US Oklahoma ‘drunk driver’ kills four people

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Officials say the accident has left people in Stillwater heartbroken

25 October 2015

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A car travelling at high speed driven by a suspected drunk driver has crashed into a crowd of spectators during a university parade in the US state of Oklahoma killing four people and injuring 35 others, police say.

A local woman, 25, has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after her vehicle hit the crowd in Stillwater.

Witnesses described dozens of bodies being flung into the air.

Police said it was one of the worst accidents they had seen in 30 years.

The initial death toll was three, but a two-year-old died later from injuries.

Five children and three adults remain in hospital, some in critical condition, officials say.

The accident happened as the crowds were watching a homecoming parade – a tradition event welcoming back Oklahoma State University (OSU) alumni.

The accident left a trail of devastation

The car is reported to have hit a stationary police motorbike – which had no rider at the time – before ploughing into spectators at the homecoming parade.

Stillwater Mayor Gina Noble said that the incident had left people in the town heartbroken, while OSU President Burns Hargis said that what was supposed to be “a wholesome, happy event” had been besmirched by “a terrible tragedy”.

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