University of Southwest crash: Seven dead, two critical, after bus carrying golf team crashes 'head-on' into truck
SEVEN people have died and two were left critical after a college golf team bus crashed head-on into a truck.
The horror smash happened on Highway 115 in Midland, Texas, just after 8pm local time on Tuesday.
The University of the Southwest, a Christian college based in New Mexico, confirmed there had been a fatal bus accident involving the university’s men’s and women’s golf teams.
It later confirmed reports that seven people had died and another two were in critical condition.
It's reported that a bus hit a Ford F-150 in Andrews County.
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The teams were on their way back from a golf tournament in West Texas and there are fatalities in both vehicles.
University president Quint Thurman confirmed that head coach Tyler James had been killed.
He said: "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."
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James reportedly entered his first season as the head coach of the men's and women's golf program, according to an online biography.
Thurman said two students survived and have been airlifted to a hospital in Lubbock.
When asked by NBC if the two airlifted were the only two to survive in the van, Thurman said: "As far as I know, yes."
The condition of the other passengers remains unknown.
Thurman said the vehicle was a 12 passenger van driven by the coach and speculated that he thinks eight students may have been onboard.
Sgt. Steve Blanco, of the Texas Department of Public Safety, told NBC: "It's a very tragic scene."
He said that both vehicles had suffered "heavy damage."
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It's not known how many people were inside the bus in total.
Investigations into the crash remain ongoing.
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