There was a tragic accident on Interstate 35 in Oklahoma late Friday night involving the North Central Texas College softball team, which was returning home to Gainesville after playing in Oklahoma.
Various media reports are reporting three people were killed in the accident, caused when a semi crossed the median into the southbound lanes and struck the team’s bus, according to a story from NBCDFW. KFOR.com in Oklahoma is reporting three are dead and at least 15 are injured from the wreck.
There are several local players listed on the Lady Lions’ roster, and we’re working to confirm their well-being.
I got up with Guyer softball coach Keith Medford, who confirmed former Guyer player Molly Dolezel was given a ride back by her mother and was not on the bus. The same goes for Denton native Gracie Blagg, who was home-schooled and didn’t play for a high school team.
Ryan head coach Aimee Foutch said she spoke with Ryan-ex Megan Durante’s father, who said all he knew was Durante had suffered a gash to the head and he was on his way to get her, so it seems she avoided serious injury, fortunately. She said she would give an update when she got one.
Other local players who we haven’t yet accounted for include Emily Gibbons, who is listed as being a Denton native on NCTC’s roster and was home-schooled like Blagg. (UPDATE: As of 12:40 a.m. Saturday, I got an email from Gibbons’ mother saying she was also not on the bus and is OK). The only player now who we haven’t confirmed safety for is former Sanger player Savannah Matheus.
According to Matheus’ Twitter, it looks like she was on the bus, as this was posted approximately 10 minutes before the accident happened around 9 p.m.
(UPDATE: As of 12:54 a.m. Saturday, I got an email with a link to Matheus’ aunt’s Facebook post saying she’d talked to Savannah, who was indeed on the bus but was thankfully not seriously injured. That means all of our local players are accounted for and are safe.)