At Least Nine Dead in Texas Bus Collision Involving Student Athletes

At least nine people died after a bus carrying student athletes collided with a pickup truck in Texas, officials said on March 16.

Of the nine passengers aboard the bus involved in the fatal crash, six students and one faculty member died while two were in critical condition, the University of the Southwest (USW) said in a statement.

The driver and the passenger of the pickup truck also died, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).

The crash occurred at 8:17 p.m. local time on March 15 in Andrews County in west Texas.

The students, who were members of the men’s and women’s golf teams, were traveling back on a Ford Transit passenger van to their New Mexico campus from a golf tournament in Midland, Texas when it collided with a Dodge 2500 pickup truck.

“For unknown reasons, the Dodge pickup drove into the northbound lane and struck the Ford passenger van head on,” Texas DPS Sergeant Steven Blanco told reporters.

“Both vehicles caught fire and burned,” Blanco added.

The university said an investigation into the crash is underway.

One of the victims was Laci Stone, a freshman member of the women’s golf team, according to her mother Chelsi on Facebook.

USW President Quint Thurman confirmed the death of coach Tyler James.

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