Oklahoma State-Kansas game goes on after car crashes into Homecoming parade

The Oklahoma State-Kansas game went on as planned after four people were killed and two dozen others injured, including eight reportedly in critical condition, after a vehicle crashed into the crowd attending the Homecoming parade earlier in the day.

STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State and Kansas took the field inside Boone Pickens Stadium for their Big 12 Conference game Saturday afternoon but it was a subdued atmosphere for the nearly 60,000 spectators following a tragic accident that claimed the lives of four people and injured nearly two dozen others attending the Homecoming parade earlier in the day.

The game kicked off after Oklahoma State’s players and coaches took a knee to pray upon entering the field. All spectators were asked to observe a moment of silence before the opening kickoff.

Stillwater Police Capt. Kyle Gibbs said 25-year-old Adacia Chambers was arrested on a DUI charge after crashing her car into a crowd of spectators attending the OSU Homecoming parade on Saturday morning at Hall of Fame Avenue and North Main Street as the parade was winding down.

Chambers’ vehicle was traveling approximately 40 to 50 mph when it hit an unoccupied police motorcycle and then drove into the crowd attending the parade at what is called “America’s Greatest Homecoming Celebration.”

Gibbs said three people were killed and 22 others injured, including eight who were airlifted to hospitals with critical injuries. Reports state that seven others received serious injuries and another seven people had less serious injuries.

“Oklahoma State University is devastated by today's tragedy and extends its thoughts and prayers to the families of those who perished or were injured,” OSU President Burns Hargis said in a statement. “We are shocked and heartbroken by this horrible tragedy. The Oklahoma State University Homecoming parade is the most wholesome of events and to have it marred in such a way is incomprehensible. We appreciate the rapid response and work of all emergency personnel. The OSU family will remember those affected by this tragedy.”

Chambers, the driver of the vehicle, is not believed to be an OSU student.

The 14th-ranked OSU Cowboys are 6-0 and had won eight consecutive games entering Saturday’s game dating back to last season. Kansas is 0-6. 

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