The University of the Southwest’s men’s and women’s golf teams were both killed in a bus accident Tuesday night.
“The University of the Southwest can confirm that the USW men’s and women’s golf teams were involved in a fatal bus accident,” the school said in a statement. “At this time, the university is seeking to contact family members of those who were involved in the accident.”
In western Texas, a 17-passenger van carrying the golf teams collided head-on with a pickup truck when the truck drove into the van’s lane, killing everyone in both vehicles. Tyler James, who was coaching both teams for the first time, was murdered, along with six other students and two individuals in the truck.
Two additional students were badly injured in the incident, according to NBC News, and were transported to University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas.
“It’s a pretty heartbreaking scene,” said Sgt. Steven Blanco of the Texas Department of Public Safety. “It’s a horrible situation.”
— USW (@USW_HobbsNM) March 16, 2022
In Hobbs, New Mexico, the University of the Southwest is a private Christian university. At Ranchland Hills Golf Club in Midland, Texas, teams competed in the TankLogix Collegiate.
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— Lance Ringler (@GolfweekRingler) March 16, 2022
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