ANDREWS, Texas – The Texas Department of Public Safety says nine people were killed in a head-on collision in West Texas, including six students and a golf coach at the University of New Mexico.
Sergeant Stephen Blanco says a pickup truck crossed the middle line of the highway on Tuesday night and collided with a vehicle carrying members of the men’s and women’s golf team at the University of Southwestern University. They were returning from a tournament in Midland, Texas.
Blanco says six students were killed, along with a teacher. The driver of the pickup truck and his passenger were also killed.
He says two students were taken by helicopter to a hospital in Lubok in critical condition.
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A vehicle carrying members of Southwestern University’s golf teams collided head-on with a two-lane pickup truck in West Texas, killing many people, including some students and the team’s coach, officials said.
The vehicles crashed on Tuesday night in Andrews County and a sergeant. Stephen Blanco of the Texas Department of Public Safety told KWES-TV that there were deaths in both vehicles, but the death toll was not announced immediately.
“It’s a very tragic scene,” Blanco said, “very, very tragic.”
A bus was carrying members of the men’s and women’s golf teams of the University of New Mexico from a tournament in Midland, Texas. A statement from the school said that nine people, including the coach, were on board the bus and that initial reports indicated that seven of them had been killed, but an investigation was still ongoing.
Two passengers are in critical condition at a hospital in Lubok, the school said.
“We are still learning the details of the incident, but we are devastated and deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life of our students and their coach,” University President Quint Thurman said in a statement.
Southwestern University is a private Christian college located in Hobbes, New Mexico, near the state border with Texas. The teams had to play in a tournament Tuesday at Midland College, about 505 miles (505 kilometers) west of Dallas.
The university said on Twitter that it works to notify family members of those involved in the crash, and counseling and religious services will be available on campus.
The crash happened in the same area – but not on the same road – where three people died in November when a pickup truck crashed into a school bus carrying members of the Andrews High School group.
The principal of the high school, the driver of the school bus and the driver of the pickup truck died in the accident.
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Many died in a crash in West Texas involving NM University golf teams
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