A vehicle carrying members of Southwestern University golf teams collided head-on with a pickup truck in West Texas, killing several people, authorities said.
The vehicles collided Tuesday night in Andrews County and Texas Department of Homeland Security Sergeant Steven Blanco told KWES-TV that there were fatalities in both vehicles, but the death toll was not immediately reported.
“It’s a very tragic scene,” Blanco said. “It’s very, very tragic.”
University President Quint Thurman said in a statement that Tyler James, who coached the men’s and women’s golf teams, was among the dead.
“We are still learning the details of the accident, but we are devastated and deeply saddened to learn of the loss of lives of our students and their coach,” said Thurman, who added that two golfers were taken to a hospital with serious injuries.
The vehicle was carrying members of the men’s and women’s teams from a golf tournament, Blanco said, and the other vehicle involved was a Ford F-150. The teams were scheduled to play in a tournament Tuesday at Midland College, about 315 miles west of Dallas.
Southwestern University is a private Christian college located in Hobbs, New Mexico, near the state border with Texas.
The university said on Twitter that it was working to notify relatives of those involved in the crash and that counseling and religious services would be available on campus.
The crash was being investigated, Blanco said, and details of the number of people in each vehicle were not released immediately. The road where the accident took place closed in the early hours of Wednesday.
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