A 13-year-old Texas boy was driving a pickup truck, killing 9 people: Police

The 13-year-old was violating Texas law.


A 13-year-old boy who was driving a truck in a collision with a van carrying a college golf course in West Texas has killed nine people, authorities said Thursday.

Six members of the University of the Southwest golf team based in New Mexico were killed in a crash on Tuesday night along with their coach, according to police.

A 13-year-old boy in the truck and his 38-year-old father were also killed in an accident near Andrews, Texas.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Dodge turned toward the 2500 pickup lane, colliding with the van.

Both vehicles caught fire.

Bruce Landsberg, vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, told KWES TV in Odessa, Texas, that the minor was behind the wheel of the truck at the time of the accident.

The 13-year-old was violating Texas law. Residents can get a student permit in the state from the age of 15, which allows them to drive with an adult over the age of 21.

Landsberg also told KWES TV that the tires on the left front of the pickup had exploded before the accident, while both vehicles were traveling at high speed.

Two students from Southwestern University, both Canadians, are in hospital in critical condition.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and has been published from a union feed.)


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