UPDATED Monday, March 11, 2019:
This article includes reports from KFOR-TV, KOCO News 5 (ABC), WESH 2 (NBC) News and the Konawa Public School District based out of Oklahoma.
A crash Friday night in Seminole County, Oklahoma between a school bus containing a junior high softball team and an SUV that hit the bus head on has left three people dead including one junior high softball player.
Shortly after 7 pm CST Friday night, a school bus out of the Konawa Public School District 67-I004 was traveling on Highway 377 after playing a middle school game in Okemah, Oklahoma when an allegedly drunk drive in an SUV hit the bus, containing six softball players and the coach, head on.
Both vehicles caught on fire and one of the softball players was killed and two in the SUV also died. The coach and the other athletes were also taken to local hospitals and were treated and released.
According to social media posts by those involved, the player who was killed was identified as Rhindi Issacs.
Here is a copy of one of the posts (text reprinted as it was published) by a player in the bus which begins:
"For those who don't know. Me and 5 other of my teammates and our coach got into a head on collision last night around 7:30. We lost one precious sweet young loving soul. Rhindi Isaacs. Me and my friends Jada Gore went through the front windshield and landed about 10-15 feet away from the bux. I woke up and dragged Jada behind a car. Nicky got out through the side door. Jaylyn isaccs was thrown out the window to Nicky by our coach. A pedestrian got Lilly snider out I'm pretty sure. In the other car both the driver and passenger passed. I have a concussion, 10 stitches in my eyelid, a bunch of road rash and sore muscles."
Konawa Superintendent Cory Ellis told Oklahoma News 4: “You know in Oklahoma, everyone is family.”
"I don't want to say I know what the parent is going through because we don't, but as an educator I know what I am going through and it's pretty emotional.”
A toxicology report was taken on the SUV driver and the results have yet to be released.
The school put a post on its Facebook page to announce the news of the horrific crash and to let parents and other adults know of steps being taken to console students:
The district subsequently made an announcement that school will be cancelled on Monday to let the community grieve and process the news:
A vigil will be held Sunday night at 6 pm at the Konawa Performing Arts Center to honor the those who were killed and the school team and coach who were injured.
Extra Inning Softball has learned that Oklahoma softball leaders and coaches are trying to set up ways for the community to make donations to help the families and also the softball team which had all its equipment destroyed in the crash.
We will post more information on this as it becomes available. Our thoughts, prayers and best wishes go out to all those involved.
--- Brentt Eads, Extra Inning Softball