The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has opened an investigation into a head-on collision in West Texas that left nine people, including six University of the Southwest golfers and their coach, dead.
Crash Near Andrews, Texas Claims Kills Nine, Leaves Two Hospitalized
According to reports, the fatal crash occurred Tuesday at 8:17 pm on FM 1788 north of SH 115.
The Texas Department of Safety says a Dodge 2500 pickup crossed into oncoming traffic on FM 1788 and struck a Ford Transit ban carrying members of the men’s and women’s golf teams from the University of the Southwest in New Mexico. Both vehicles caught on fire.
Six students and a coach in the transit van were killed in the crash along with the driver of the Dodge pickup and a 13-year-old passenger in the same vehicle. Two other golfers were rushed to the University Medical Center of Lubbock in critical condition.
It is unknown why the driver of the Dodge crossed into oncoming traffic. The NTSB has dispatched a 12-member team to investigate the horrific collision.
The speed on the section of the road is 75 mph; however, investigators have not yet determined how fast each vehicle was going.
The golf teams were returning to Hobbs, New Mexico from a tournament in Midland, Texas according to school officials.
Family, Friends, and Communities Grieve Tragic Loss of USW Coach and Students to Head-On Collision
The occupants of the transit van had roots in multiple cities, states, countries, and communities that are devasted by the news of the fatal Texas crash. Among those killed were:
- Tyler James, USW Coach
- Mauricio Sanchez, 19, of Mexico
- Travis Garcia, 19, of Pleasanton, Texas
- Jackson Zinn, 22, of Westminster, Colorado
- Karisa Raines, 21, of Fort Stockton, Texas
- Laci Stone, 18, of Nocona Texas
- Tiago Sousa, 18, of Portugal
The two injured students are:
- Dayton Price, 19, of Mississauga, Ontario
- Hayden Underhill, 20, of Amherstview, Ontario
The two occupants of the pickup that were killed were:
- Henrich Siemens, 38, of Seminole, Texas
- An unnamed 13-year-old male passenger
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