Texas crash involving college golf teams
ANDREWS, Texas – Nine people died in a head-on fire accident in West Texas, including six students and a coach from the University of New Mexico who were returning home from a golf tournament, authorities said.
A 17-passenger pickup carrying golf teams collided with a pickup truck in West Texas, killing people in both cars.
. Tyler James, in his first season as coach for both teams, was among the dead. The official number of the deceased has not been confirmed at the moment.
Students from Southwest University’s women’s and men’s golf teams were returning home from a competition when a pickup truck crossed the center line of a two-lane road in West Texas for “unknown reasons” and hit their truck head-on, the Texas Department of Public Safety said in a statement.
Southwest University is a private Christian university located in Hobbs, New Mexico.
The teams were competing in the TankLogix Collegiate at Ranchland Hills Golf Club in Midland, Texas.
The university confirmed the death of coach Tyler James in the collision. The truck driver and passenger also died, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
University officials said in a statement that seven of the truck’s nine occupants were killed, including James. Two students were taken to hospital by helicopter. Both were in critical condition.
The university president says, “We are devastated and saddened.”
Southwest University is a private Christian college located in Hobbs, New Mexico, near the state border with Texas.
The teams were scheduled to play Tuesday’s tournament at Midland College, about 315 miles (505 kilometers) west of Dallas.