Multiple individuals had been killed Tuesday evening when a bus carrying members of a New Mexico college’s golf teams and a pickup collided in West Texas, officers mentioned.
Texas Division of Public Security Sgt. Steven Blanco mentioned the crash occurred round 8:17 p.m. on a two-lane highway about 9 miles from town of Andrews, northwest of Midland-Odessa.
The crash concerned a car carrying members of the College of the Southwest’s males’s and girls’s golf teams, the college mentioned. Blanco mentioned the crash was a head-on collision with a pickup.
There have been deaths in each automobiles, and each caught fireplace after the crash, he mentioned.
“Both suffered extremely heavy damage,” Blanco mentioned. The reason for the crash was below investigation.
Blanco mentioned on the scene that the university-owned car was transporting the teams from a golf event in West Texas, in keeping with video from NBC affiliate KWES of Midland.
A Texas Division of Public Security spokesperson mentioned the car carrying the teams was a 17-passenger van, whereas College of the Southwest President Quint Thurman mentioned it was a 12-passenger van.
The van was pushed by the teams’ coach and carrying between seven and 9 college students, Thurman mentioned.
“My understanding is that two of our students have survived and have been airlifted to University hospital in Lubbock with serious injuries,” Thurman mentioned. He mentioned these had been the one two survivors.
“We are still learning the details about the accident but we are devastated and deeply saddened to learn about the loss of our students’ lives and their coach,” Thurman mentioned in an announcement.
Thurman recognized the coach who was killed as Tyler James. A biography on the college’s athletics web site mentioned James was in his first season as the top coach of the lads’s and girls’s golf program.
The college, which is in Hobbs, New Mexico, mentioned in a submit on social media that it was making an attempt to inform members of the family of the individuals concerned in the accident.
The university’s web site listed occasions for each golf teams at Midland School on Tuesday. A submit on the college’s athletics Instagram mentioned they might be competing in the TankLogix Collegiate.
Elisha Fieldstadt contributed.