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WATCH: USW holds news conference on deadly crash

Published: Mar. 17, 2022 at 11:12 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 17, 2022 at 11:29 AM CDT
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Officials with the University of the Southwest in Hobbs, NM spoke today about the crash that killed nine people Tuesday night. This is the first time they have spoken publicly about it.

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Six student-athletes and their golf coach were killed in a head-on collision not far from Andrews. Two survivors are hospitalized in Lubbock with life-threatening injuries. A Seminole man and his 13-year-old son, who were in the pickup, both died in the crash.

The USW men’s and women’s golf teams were returning to Hobbs after a tournament in Midland. DPS officials say the truck crossed the center line causing the crash.

Among those killed were 38-year-old Henrich Siemens of Seminole and his 13-year-old son; the coach, 26-year-old Tyler James, and six golfers: 19-year-old Maurico Sanchez of Mexico; 19-year-old Travis Garcia of Pleasanton, Texas; 22-year-old Jackson Zinn of Westminster, Colorado; 21-year-old Karisa Raines of Fort Stockton, Texas; and 18-year-old Tiago Sousa of Portugal.

Two other members of the USW golf team survived the crash but suffered critical injuries. They are 18-year-old Dayton Price and 20-year-old Hayden Underhill. They were airlifted to hospitals in Lubbock. They are both from Ontario, Canada.

“The one thing that we’ll continue to do is we’ll continue to communicate and speak with, in comfort and support those families first. So if there’s ever a delay in communications to the media like this, we will only be because we are making sure that those families receive that information first. So I spoke with all of them this morning. And so they’re supportive of this. They’re watching this they know these details. So we want to make continue to take care of them because again, we are a family and that family is growing. Today, all of us are Mustangs and we’re gonna continue to continue to do that,” said Dr. Tipton.

The NTSB has a team of 12 agents looking into the crash. They will use photos and physical evidence to recreate the crash, including precision measurements.

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