It isn't likely you've forgotten the tragic wreck in 2014 where a truck driver allegedly took the life of 4 college softball players outside of Davis, Oklahoma. The female athletes were on a bus heading south on Interstate 35 back to Gainesville after playing in Bethany when their bus was struck by a semi heading northbound that somehow managed to terrifyingly cross over the median, striking the bus' left side. The driver claimed he was distracted momentarily by something in his cab.
For a nine-month period following the tragedy the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has investigated the crash and now feels confident in bringing charges against the driver with first-degree manslaughter on four counts. The probable cause affidavit explaining a summary of the investigation's findings has not been released to the public. However, a preliminary report compiled by the National Transportation and Safety Board reported that the truck followed a right curve in the highway but then failed to continue following the road, departing from the left lane of travel across a median that was 92 feet wide and composed of depressed earth. At a rate of more than 70 miles per hour, the rig continued on through the median for nearly a quarter of a mile before entering the opposing direction of travel, side-swiping the bus, causing it to roll over. The rig carried on across the southbound interstate, crossing it completely before its path of destruction finally came to a stop in a wooded area off the stretch of interstate, almost 300 feet from the bus. The bus landed on its right side with the left side nearly peeled away.