SAND SPRINGS, Okla. — A horrific single-vehicle collision claimed the lives of three Charles Page High School students Thursday afternoon.
Sand Springs Police Captain Jody Fogleman confirmed that two other Charles Page High School students in the car were taken to the hospital by ambulance after the collision occurred at 12:40 p.m. near the intersection of Colony Circle and Park Road.
Charles Page High School does have an open campus at lunchtime for juniors and seniors according to the district’s communications director.
While the investigation into what caused the collision is ongoing, Captain Fogleman said the three students who died inside the car were passengers in the backseat of the vehicle and were not wearing seatbelts when he arrived on the scene.
He said the driver of the four-door sedan, a female, and a male front seat passenger, were taken to the hospital by ambulance with serious injuries ranging from a concussion to broken bones. Both are expected to survive.
Sand Springs Police are not releasing the names of the victims at this time but said they included two females and one male and their immediate family members had been notified.
According to Fogleman, the preliminary investigation indicated that the car was traveling eastbound on Park Road when it left the roadway.
“It appears speed was a factor in this collision,” said Fogelman. “And the car left the roadway, it appears it was up on two tires on its side, collided with the tree at that time and that’s what crushed the roof of the vehicle, spun the vehicle around, and it landed wheels down at its resting point where it is now.”
Fogleman said the car was traveling in excess of the posted limit which is 35 miles per hour. He said while speed is an issue on every road, they typically don’t have major fatality accidents on Park road.
Fogelman’s message for the Charles Page High School community is, “Stick together. Keep your friends close, keep your families close, don’t keep things bottled up, and talk to each other.”
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