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Highway Accident Brief: Passenger car and multiple pedestrian collision

Executive Summary

​On Saturday, October 24, 2015, about 10:31 a.m., a 2014 Hyundai Elantra passenger car operated by a 25-year-old female driver was traveling southbound on Main Street heading toward Hall of Fame Avenue in Stillwater, Payne County, Oklahoma. Traffic in this area was restricted at the time for a homecoming parade that was in progress for Oklahoma State University (OSU). A police motorcycle was stopped in the roadway, partially blocking the southbound lanes of Main Street, while its operator spoke to a person at the roadside. The emergency lights on the motorcycle were not illuminated. The Hyundai struck portable barricades and the motorcycle; it then continued into Hall of Fame Avenue, where it struck a crowd of parade spectators. As a result of the crash, 4 parade spectators died and 54 received injuries of varying degrees.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the Stillwater, Oklahoma, crash was the failure, due to emotional distress, of the accident driver to comply with portable traffic barricades used to block the roadway, so that she continued driving into a parade area restricted to pedestrian traffic, where her vehicle collided with a group of parade spectators.

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Accident Location: Stillwater , OK USA Payne County
Accident Date: 10/24/2015
Accident ID: HWY16FH002

Date Adopted: 9/27/2016
NTSB Number: HAB1608
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