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'We’ve got an ambulance headed that way': 911 calls from deadly crash near Moore High School

In the moments after a deadly crash near Moore High School, emergency calls reveal the panic and chaos that ensued as kids tried to help their fallen classmates.

Around 3:30 p.m. Monday, a pickup truck allegedly driven by Max Leroy Townsend, 57, struck a group of six cross country runners, killing two and injuring four others.

Townsend was arrested and faces complaints of manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident involving injury.

The two dead are Rachel Freeman, 17, and Yuridia Martinez, 16.

“I’m at Moore High School and a truck just hit a bunch of students,” a girl told an emergency dispatcher. “He’s driving down the center lane ... we’re by the football field ... he was probably going 60 miles an hour.”

In some of the calls, students could be heard crying in the background as others notified 911.

“Get a (expletive) ambulance out here ...” a boy said. “We’ve got like, five or six people in the road.”

As police quickly arrived on the scene, the calls continued to pour in to 911. By that time, dispatchers wanted to know more details about the truck and the driver.

“We’ve got an ambulance headed that way,” a dispatcher told one student.

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Memorials in honor of Yuridia Martinez are pictured at the sight of a hit and run incident in Moore at Moore High School in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020.  [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

Memorials in honor of Yuridia Martinez are pictured at the sight of a hit and run incident in Moore at Moore High School in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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[Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Community members pray during a vigil for students killed and injured in Monday's hit and run incident in Moore at Moore High School in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-cf41dbf3d1237437767e15b523b8513e.jpg" alt="Photo - People gather around a make-shift memorials at the sight of a hit and run incident in Moore near Moore High School in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="People gather around a make-shift memorials at the sight of a hit and run incident in Moore near Moore High School in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>People gather around a make-shift memorials at the sight of a hit and run incident in Moore near Moore High School in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. 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[Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="People gather around a make-shift memorials at the sight of a hit and run incident in Moore near Moore High School in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>People gather around a make-shift memorials at the sight of a hit and run incident in Moore near Moore High School in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure>
Josh Dulaney

Josh Dulaney joined The Oklahoman in November 2016. Dulaney is a California Newspaper Publishers Association award winner for his writing. In both 2018 and 2019 he earned newspaper writer of the year honors from the Great Plains Journalism Awards. Read more ›

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