University of the Southwest golf teams involved in fatal, head-on crash in Texas killing nine people, including six students and a coach

Adam Woodard, Golfweek

Both the men’s and women’s golf teams from the University of the Southwest were involved in a fatal bus crash Tuesday night.

“The University of the Southwest can confirm that there has been a fatal bus accident involving the USW men’s and women’s golf teams,” the school said in a statement. “The university is currently attempting to notify family member of those involved in the accident.”

A 17-passenger van carrying the golf teams collided with a pickup truck head-on after the truck veered into the van’s lane in western Texas, killing people in both vehicles. Tyler James, in his first season as the coach of both teams, was killed, as were six students and two others in the truck.

According to NBC News, two other students were critically injured in the crash and flown to University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas.

“It’s a very tragic scene,” said Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Steven Blanco. “It’s very, very tragic.”

The University of the Southwest is a private Christian university located in Hobbs, New Mexico. Teams were competing at the TankLogix Collegiate at Ranchland Hills Golf Club in Midland, Texas.

Prayers for the families that lost loved ones in this terrible accident. A two-lane road in West Texas is a lonely stretch of highway. The speed limits out there are usually pretty high as well. Who knows what led the oncoming driver to veer into their lane but that misstep has changed a university and the lives of so many people. USW was carrying the Men’s and the Women’s teams on this journey as well… you don’t hear about both programs traveling in the same vehicle too often so that made this crash particularly heart-wrenching. What can you say in a tragedy like this? It’s so sad on so many levels. These kids were just starting their lives and having a blast playing college golf, and in an instant that was taken away. I hope there is a GoFundMe set up for all the families involved. Everyone in the golf community needs to chip in… in my opinion. RIP to all the student athletes and the newly assigned Head Coach, and the oncoming passengers that also lost their lives. Sad day in golf.