KONAWA – The Konawa community is heartbroken after losing one of their own in a deadly school bus crash.
A girl and two adults died in the accident involving a bus and an SUV.
On Saturday, community members placed flowers and souvenirs on the fence of the Konawa softball field.
According to officials from Konawa District, a bus with six junior softball athletes and their coach were heading home Friday night on Highway 377.
Investigators said the bus had hit the bus while it was heading in the wrong direction just outside of Bowlegs.
Both vehicles caught fire after the impact.
"The flames were so big that one would have thought that it was a semi or other. They were horrible, "said Cindy Smith.
Witnesses April Summers and Jeffery Rasmussen claim that they helped the girls get off the bus.
"We really could not see anything, but we sat around the seats to do everything we could. I got to the front and I could actually see the smoke passing through the back of the bus, "Rasmussen said.
Rasmussen congratulates the girls' coach for his efforts to save and comfort them.
Despite all the efforts, a girl did not survive the crash.
The police have not yet revealed the identity of the minor victim, but relatives call him Rhindi.
"She was a friend and I will miss her," said a friend, Kristen Chambers.
A vigil is scheduled for Sunday night in Konawa.
According to the school district, funds will be put in place for donations to the victim's family at Sooner State Bank and Bancfirst.
The school was canceled Monday for Konawa District and the administration confirmed that it was developing a support plan for students and staff.
Investigators tentatively identified John Tallbear as the driver of the now deceased SUV.
Authorities are seeking help to identify the deceased SUV passenger.
Anyone with information on the recent location of Tallbear is asked to contact Highway Patrol at 918-423-3636.