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A devastating accident in Texas has resulted in the loss of several lives, including six members of the University of Southwest (USW) golf team and their coach, Your Content has learned.
The incident occurred when their van collided head-on with a Ford F-150 truck, also claiming the lives of the truck’s driver and a 13-year-old passenger.
The Texas Department of Public Safety has identified eight of the nine victims involved in the fiery crash.
According to officials, a 17-person bus, driven by golf team coach Tyler James, collided with the wrong-way Ford F-150, resulting in the tragic loss of lives.
Among the deceased were Laci Stone, a freshman at USW, and junior Karisa Raines, along with Tiago Sousa, Jackson Zinn, Travis Garcia, and Mauricio Sanchez.
Freshman Dayton Price suffered critical injuries in the collision.
The driver of the Ford F-150 has been identified as Henrich Siemens, a 38-year-old resident of Seminole.
Tragically, an unidentified 13-year-old boy who was a passenger in the truck also lost their life in the crash.
Two students managed to survive the collision and were airlifted to a nearby hospital for treatment. The incident took place around 8:17 p.m, as confirmed by Department Sgt. Steven Blanco.
The University of Southwest expressed deep sorrow and confirmed the tragic incident through a heartfelt Facebook post shortly after midnight, according to CBS News.