Four people were killed and more than 40 injured on Saturday after a car with a suspected drink driver at the wheel ploughed into past and present students of Oklahoma State University in the United States.
Witnesses described bodies being flung dozens of feet into the air as the vehicle slammed into spectators who had gathered to watch a homecoming parade at Stillwater, some 130 kilometres northeast of Oklahoma City.
“At first we thought it was part of the show,” Konda Walker, a 1991 graduate of OSU, told the local Stillwater News Press.
“People were flying 30 feet (9 meters) into the air like rag dolls.”
A two-year-old child is among the dead.
The driver, identified as 25-year-old Adacia Avery Chambers, was taken into custody on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol, according to Captain Kyle Gibbs of the Stillwater Police.
The suspect does not appear to have been a student at Oklahoma State University, Gibbs said. The mayor’s statement said she was a resident of Stillwater.
Hours later the intersection was still littered with clothes, blankets, lawn chairs and water bottles belonging to the victims.
After the crash, Oklahoma State University said it decided against cancelling its homecoming football game, which went ahead as planned against Kansas and was dedicated to the victims.