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Bridge Creek Football Player Remembers Deadly Crash

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The sudden loss of a Bridge Creek High football player has a community in mourning. The sudden loss of a Bridge Creek High football player has a community in mourning.
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The sudden loss of a Bridge Creek High football player has a community in mourning.

Jack Williams, 16, died Wednesday in a head-on crash. His three teammates survived but their lives are forever changed.

News 9's Evan Anderson talked to one of those young men, 16-year-old Cade Mitchell. He said all of their lives were nearly cut short that night. But, the hardest part for Cade is his friend Jack is not here to tell his story.

“I feel like it's a dream, you know. I don't know, it's just crazy. How it all happened. It happened so fast, but it was so slow at the same time, you know,” said Mitchell.

Marks and deep gouges in the pavement east on County Road 1240 is a clear reminder of what happened there Wednesday night.

For Cade, it's hard to even think back on the moment his friend was killed..

“It's just still surreal,” said Mitchell.

Looking at the memorial on the crash site, Cade is still in disbelief.

“I'm still in a little bit of denial about it, but I know he's gone,” said Mitchell.

“We're blessed to have Cade with us, and Tristan and Johnny, because we could be burying four children in our community instead of one,” said Christy James, Cade's grandmother.

Cade said Jack was driving a Chevy Avalanche heading east when a white Mustang appeared over the hill.

The two hit head on, and the four teens crash into a tree.

“He grabbed the bar to hang on, because he didn't know if the truck was gonna go into the trees on this side, or if it was gonna go into a spin or a flip,” said James.

Cade and his two other teammates manage to get out of the truck, but Jack was trapped.

They tried getting their friend out, but it was too late. There was an explosion and the truck caught fire.

“Everywhere you go in the community, you see the hurt, you see the tears, you see the hugs,” said BCHS Booster Parent, Kelly Ford.

“Like everything, it needs time, got to have time to mourn, got to have time to come back as a community, recoup,” said Mitchell. “Everybody has their time, and there's nothing you can do about it. I know Jack wouldn't want us to be sad.”

Cade and his teammates plan to go before the Grady County City Council to address the safety of what's known around town as "butterfly hill."

Great Plains National Bank located at the intersection of State Highway 37 and State Highway 4 has set up an account in honor of Jack. The money donated will help with Jacks burial.

You can make a donation at any branch. Make any checks payable to the Jack Williams Family.

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