Texas, USA – 9 people, including 6 golf players and a head coach of the University of the Southwest, have been killed in a head-on collision with a pickup truck on Tuesday, reported the state officials.
“Nine people died in a fiery, head-on collision in West Texas, including six students and a coach who were returning home from a university golf tournament,” CBS News Tweeted.
The crash happened late at night on Tuesday and only two people aboard the van survived, stated the University of the Southwest in Hobbs, New Mexico.
After the incident was reported to the college, it was found out that the head coach of both the men and women’s teams had also died in the accident.
While talking about the incident, the school stated, “The coach and his teams were returning home from a tournament in Midland when the crash occurred.”
“The USW campus community is shocked and saddened today as we mourn the loss of members of our university family,” said the school officials in a statement recorded by the ABC affiliate channel.
Authorities identified the players who died in the accident as Maurico Sanchez, 19, Mexico, Jackson Zinn, 22, Westminster, Travis Garcia, 19, Pleasanton, Colorado, Laci Stone, 18, Nocona, Texas, Tiago Sousa, 18, Portugal and Karissa Raines, 21, of Fort Stockton.
Two of the members who survived the crash were reported to be in a critical condition as of Wednesday and were driven to a facility in Lubbock, Texas, reads the school’s statement. They have been identified as Hayden Underhill, 20, of Amherstview, Ontario and Dayton Price, 19, of Mississauga, Ontario.
After the crash, the Texas school officials said, “We would ask for prayers for their recovery and for comfort and strength for all of families and friends and students of those whose lives have been lost.”
“The crash happened around 8:17 p.m. Tuesday on a two-lane road about nine miles east of Andrews, Texas, when the 17-seat passenger van carrying the golf teams collided with a pickup truck,” reported official Sgt. Steven Blanco.