ANDREWS COUNTY, Texas (KMID) – Six college athletes and a coach from the University of the Southwest in New Mexico have died following a tragic crash in West Texas.
The students and the coach were traveling back to the university, located in Hobbs, when the accident occurred, the Texas Department of Public Safety has confirmed.
The two-vehicle crash happened around 8:17 p.m. on Tuesday, on a stretch of FM 1788 in Andrews County. The driver of a Dodge 2500 pickup truck was heading southbound, and for unknown reasons veered into the northbound lane, colliding head-on with a Ford Transit van carrying members of the university’s golf team. Both vehicles caught fire following the crash.
The van was headed back to Hobbs following a golf tournament in Midland, Texas.