After his hometown of Tishomingo, OK faced a devastating loss, Blake Shelton is using his platform to speak about the loss of six girls.
On March 22, at around 12:30PM CT, six high school girls were pronounced dead after their car collided with a semi-truck.
The country music singer released a statement to PEOPLE regarding the accident, where he revealed that he was sending his prayers to those affected, as he too has lost a loved one to a car crash.
“In the wake of yesterday’s unthinkable crash in our small town of Tishomingo, we as a community have all been in shock and broken-hearted. I personally know the devastation of suddenly losing a loved one in a car accident,” the statement read. “But our community is strong and has come together to support and wrap our arms around the families and friends that are hurting the most.”
Shelton went on to say that this loss will take time to heal from, but the community is strong. “There’s no question it will take a long time to heal from this tragedy. Keep the prayers coming,”
According to NBC News, the girls were within the ages of 15 and 17 years old. Their names have yet to be released to the public.
The driver of the semi truck, 51-year-old Valendon Burton, was not injured. No news has been released on the next steps the families of the victims will be taking.
Our prayers are with the girls’ families during this difficult time.