DAVIS, Okla. – So many questions that need answers as to what caused an 18-wheeler to slam into a bus carrying the NCTC softball team, killing four young women and injuring more than a dozen over the weekend.
The NTSB says they’re treating the investigation as a homicide. And now the Oklahoma Highway Patrol is launching an investigation, too.
“We will be conducting a criminal investigation,” Captain Ronnie Hampton, of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.
One issue? Whether the truck driver was distracted when his rig left the road.
“We do not believe at this point that that was the cause of the accident,” Hampton said. “I’m not going to say at the end the of the investigation that that may not prove to be true.”
Sunday night, family and friends of the victims of the North Central Texas College bus crash gathered in disbelief. They know regardless of what investigators find, it won’t bring four shining stars back.
"I didn't even play for NCTC and it's so hard for me to even talk about it,” Danny West said. West is best friends with one of the injured NCTC players.
"It just proves that this kind of support and if you play softball, that this is a softball family and we're all hurting,” Sam Wilburn said. Sam Wilburn’s daughter attended NCTC.
Investigators say there was no evidence of skidding or braking or evasive maneuvers by the semi before it traveled the length of two football fields across a grassy median, before slamming into the college bus.
As the investigation continues, four families are planning funerals.
"You can't really do much for the families that were there will make them feel any better. The only you can do is pray,” West said.