Witness told NTSB a teenage driver made a “rolling stop” before deadly Tishomingo crash

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Witnesses near the scene of the car accident that left six Tishomingo teenage girls dead told investigators that the teenage driver made a “rolling stop” at a stop sign before the crash, according to a statement from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

The girls were on their high school lunch period Tuesday afternoon when their car — a Chevrolet Spark — was involved in a crash with a Peterbuilt truck hauling gravel. The truck driver wasn’t injured in the crash, according to NTSB.

The NTSB released a statement Thursday that detailed witnesses accounts that the Chevy Spark was heading east on Highway 22 and made a “rolling stop” at a stop sign at the intersection with Highway 377. Shortly after, the small car collided with thee truck on southbound Highway 377.

The intersection is controlled by the stop sign for traffic on Highway 22. The speed limit on Highway 377 is 50 miles per hour (mph) in that area.

The 16-year-old driver, three 15-year-olds and two 17-year-old passengers were killed in the crash.

The Tishomingo School District released a statement Thursday about the crash.

“I am reminded that our greatest priority as educators is to meet the emotional, mental, social and physical needs of our students,” wrote Superintendent Bobby Waitman.

“This is our focus at this time,” Waitman continued. “And every day that we serve our students.”