Four female college softball players were killed and a dozen others were injured when their bus was involved in a crash on an Oklahoma highway late on Friday.
The crash occurred around 9 p.m. local time (8 p.m. EDT) when a semi truck crossed over a median into oncoming traffic north of Ardmore, Oklahoma and collided with the bus, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Captain Ronnie Hampton said.
Three members of the "Lady Lions" North Central Texas College softball team were pronounced dead at the scene, and a fourth player died after being taken to a local hospital, Hampton said.
"We lost four beautiful amazing girls," the team wrote on its Facebook page on Saturday. "Such sweet lives gone way too soon!"
The rest of the students were rushed to local hospitals, two by helicopter and the rest by ambulance, Hampton said.
"We ask for your prayers at this time for our softball team," the community college said in a statement.
The truck driver was hospitalized as well, Hampton said. The softball team's coach, who was driving the school bus, refused treatment at the scene.
The conditions of the injured people were not immediately available on Saturday morning.
Both vehicles were severely damaged, but fires did not break out, Hampton said. A homicide investigation was under way and the National Transportation Safety Board would arrive on Saturday to investigate, Hampton said.
The team had played a game at Southern Nazarene University, about 150 (241 km) miles north of North Central Texas College, on Friday, according to the school's sports website.
The crash occurred about 12 miles (19 km) north of Ardmore.