Three dead, 22 injured, as vehicle crashes into parade crowd in US

Three dead, 22 injured, as vehicle crashes into parade crowd in US

A suspected drunk driver has crashed into a crowd of spectators during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, killing at least three people and injuring nearly two dozen others.

The woman’s sedan ploughed into the unoccupied motorcycle of an officer who was working security at the parade, then into the crowd, said Stillwater police Capt. Kyle Gibbs.

The driver of the sedan was taken into custody on a driving under the influence charge.

Later police named the driver as 25-year-old Adacia Chambers.

Emergency personnel gather after a vehicle crashes into a crowd of spectators during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade. Pic: AP
Emergency personnel gather after a vehicle crashes into a crowd of spectators during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade. Pic: AP

Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis said the homecoming game against Kansas would be played on Saturday afternoon.

Dave Kapple of Houston told the Stillwater News Press that he and his son were about 10 feet away when they saw the vehicle smashing into the crowd.

“We heard somebody scream, ’Look out!.’ (He) ploughed through a police motorcycle, and then a crowd of people. People were flying everywhere.”

Konda Walker, from Anchorage, Alaska, was attending the festivities ahead of the homecoming game.

Three dead, 22 injured, as vehicle crashes into parade crowd in US

“At first we thought it was part of the show,” he said. “People were flying 30 feet into the air like rag dolls.”

The university posted on Twitter: “Oklahoma State University is saddened by the tragic parade incident earlier this morning. Our thoughts & prayers are with those affected.

"Those needing information about possible victims involved in today's tragic event should call Stillwater PD at 405-372-4171."

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