9 dead after crash involving New Mexico university’s golf teams in West Texas

Six students and their coach were killed, along with two others, when a van carrying members of a New Mexico university’s golf teams and a pickup collided Tuesday night in West Texas, officials said.

Two more students were critically injured in the crash involving members of the University of the Southwest’s men’s and women’s golf teams, according to the school.

The university-owned Ford passenger van was transporting the teams from a golf tournament in West Texas, Blanco said at the scene, according to video from NBC affiliate KWES of Midland.

identified is the coach as Tyler James. A biography on the school’s athletics site said James was in his first season as the head coach of the men’s and women’s golf program.
Other names will be released as next of kin are notified.

Our hearts go out to the team and families. 

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