"Just before 1:00 am, I was contacted by campus police and informed that five NSU students were killed in an auto accident in proximity to the Welling Bridge, south of Tahlequah. The news was devastating and crushing. ... Their families have been notified.
I cannot fathom the pain the families and friends of these young people are going through as a result of this terrible and tragic accident. My thoughts and prayers are with them.”
The school is offering counselors for those who may need grief counseling.
“This will have a profound effect on all of us and Northeastern State University for many years to come,” Turner said
Oklahoma authorities are still trying to figure out how the accident happened, and whether alcohol or drugs were involved.