Car dead after making weird noises

Tiny
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  • 2001 SATURN SC1
  • 130,000 MILES
I have a 2001 saturn sc1 with about 130k miles on it. About 500-1000 miles ago the oil light started blinking randomly on and off. I took little note of it until recently when I finally got around to putting oil in. I let the car sit for about a day, and when I started to drive it the car could not accelerate well past 2000 rpm and at that point it made a weird clinking noise. As I tried to accelerate faster, the clinking got faster. Finally I was driving down the road and suddenly the noise drastically changed kinda sounding like I was dragging something on the road. This continues for maybe 15 seconds at the most until finally all the dashboard lights came on and the engine shut off. I tried to start it again, but the car is dead. What could be wrong?
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Sunday, April 21st, 2013 AT 7:33 PM

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Tiny
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So are all the dash lights bright when you turn the key to the start position? The engine may have seized?
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Sunday, April 21st, 2013 AT 8:30 PM
Tiny
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I think it might have to do with the alternator belt of some sorts or something, no idea. I don't recall if the lights lit up, the car is currently locked up at a gas station.
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Sunday, April 21st, 2013 AT 9:09 PM
Tiny
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See if the belt broke or the belt tensor lost tension?Also check about the lights?
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Sunday, April 21st, 2013 AT 9:12 PM

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