USW crash: 9 killed, including students and coach, in west Texas crash involving University of the Southwest golf team bus – What We Know!

ANDREWS, Texas — 9 folks died in a fiery, head-on collision in West Texas, together with six college students and a coach from a New Mexico college who had been returning dwelling from a golf match, authorities stated.

A pickup truck crossed the middle line of a two-lane street in Andrews County, about 30 miles east of the New Mexico state line on Tuesday night and crashed right into a bus carrying members of the College of the Southwest males’s and girls’s golf groups, stated Sgt. Steven Blanco of the Texas Division of Public Security.

Six college students and a school member had been killed within the crash, together with the driving force and a passenger within the pickup truck, Blanco stated. Two college students had been taken in crucial situation by helicopter to a hospital in Lubbock, about 110 miles to the northeast.

Initially, in a publish on Fb, the College of the Southwest stated the college member killed was the golf coach, Tyler James.

“It’s a really tragic scene,” Blanco stated. “It’s very, very tragic.”

The state company later recognized the remaining deceased as: 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; and Tiago Sousa, 18, of Portugal.

Additionally killed had been Henrich Siemans, 38, of Seminole County, Texas, and an unidentified 13-year-old boy who had been touring with him in a 2007 Dodge 2500 pickup.

Critically injured aboard the van had been Canadian college students Dayton Worth, 19, of Mississauga, Ontario, and Hayden Underhill, 20, of Amherstview. Ontario. Each had been taken by helicopter to the College Medical Heart in Lubbock, about 110 miles (180 kilometers) to the northeast.

Jasmin Collum, a local of Clear Lake, is a freshman golfer on the College of the Southwest, however was not on the bus when it crashed. Her mom, Tonya, stated she was at dwelling within the Houston space when the incident came about.

The Nationwide Transportation Security Board will ship a 12-member “go crew” to the crash website, together with consultants in human efficiency, automobile and motor service elements and accident reconstruction, company spokesman Eric Weiss stated. The crew is anticipated to reach late Wednesday afternoon or early night, he stated.

The College of the Southwest is a non-public, Christian school situated in Hobbs, New Mexico, close to the state’s border with Texas.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham stated on Fb that she is “deeply saddened” by the lack of life.

“It is a horrible accident. As we await further info from authorities, my prayers are with the group and the family members of all these concerned,” she stated.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued an announcement on the bus crash saying, “Please be a part of Jan and me in prayer for the entire victims of final night time’s horrific bus crash involving the College of the Southwest males’s and girls’s golf groups outdoors Andrews, Texas. Our hearts exit to the households of the victims and the whole College of the Southwest group throughout this troublesome time. Throughout tragedies akin to this one, Texans additionally know to thank our courageous first responders for his or her vital work and dedication to Texas communities.”

The groups had been participating in a match at Midland Faculty, about 315 miles west of Dallas.

“We’re nonetheless studying the main points in regards to the accident however we’re devastated and deeply saddened to study in regards to the lack of our college students’ lives and their coach,” College President Quint Thurman stated in an announcement.

The college stated that it was working to inform members of the family of these concerned within the crash and that counseling and non secular providers could be obtainable on campus.

Midland Faculty, which hosted the golf match, stated Wednesday’s play could be canceled due to the crash. Eleven colleges are collaborating within the occasion.

“The entire gamers and their coaches from the collaborating colleges met collectively early this morning,” Midland Faculty athletic director Forrest Allen stated in an announcement Wednesday. “We had been all shocked to study of this tragedy, and our ideas and prayers are with USW as they grieve this horrible loss.”

The crash occurred in the identical space – however not the identical roadway – the place three folks had been killed in November when a pickup truck crashed into a college bus carrying members of the Andrews Excessive College band.

The highschool’s band director, the college bus driver and the driving force of the pickup truck all died in that crash.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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