9 dead, including 6 students and a coach, in crash involving University of the Southwest golf teams


Nine people, including six students and their golf coach, were killed when a van carrying members of a New Mexico university’s golf teams collided with a pickup truck Tuesday night, law enforcement and university officials confirmed.

Students from the University of the Southwest women’s and men’s golf teams were returning home from a golf tournament when, “for unknown reasons,” a pickup truck crossed the center line of a two-lane road in West Texas and struck their van head-on, the Texas Department of Public Safety said in statement.

Both vehicles caught fire, the department said.

The university confirmed head coach Tyler James was killed in the collision. Both the driver and the passenger of the pickup truck also died in the crash, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

University officials said in a statement that seven of the nine passengers of the van died in the crash. The two other students were taken to a hospital by helicopter. Both were in critical condition. 

The names of all the victims were not released as law enforcement officials said officers were still notifying family members Wednesday morning.


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