Authorities shared this Thursday that a child was driving the pick-up truck, which crashed with a van, and killed nine people.
A van was carrying a few New Mexico University golf team members from a tournament and was struck by a pick-up truck this Tuesday night.
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NBC News reported that the six members and a coach did in the collision. Those were: Tyler James, 26; Mauricio Sanchez, 19; Travis Garcia, 19; Jackson Zinn, 22; Karisa Raines, 21; Laci Stone, 18; and Tiago Sousa, 18.
Two other golf team members were brought to the hospital in critical condition. 38-year-old Henrich Siemens and a 13-year-old boy also died, according to the outlet.
The AP reported:
National Transportation Safety Board Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg said Thursday that a 13-year-old was driving the pickup truck that struck a van in West Texas in a fiery collision that killed nine people.
The truck’s left front tire, which was a spare tire, also blew out before impact, Landsberg said.
One must be 14 in Texas to start taking classroom courses for a learner’s license and 15 to receive that provisional license to drive with an instructor or licensed adult in the vehicle. Department of Public Safety Sgt. Victor Taylor said a 13-year-old driving would be breaking the law.
Although it was unclear how fast the two vehicles were traveling, “this was clearly a high-speed collision,” Landsberg said.
TX Highway Patrol and the National Transportation Safety Board investigate the crash.
“USW is coordinating with Texas DPS to assist with the investigation and public information efforts,” the university said. “University administration is communicating with families of the students and coaching staff to provide more information as it becomes available.”
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