A 13-year-old boy was behind the wheel of the truck involved in a fatal collision in Texas that left nine dead and two injured, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced Thursday.
The adolescent driver remains unidentified but passenger Henrich Siemans, 38, was confirmed dead, according to USA Today.
The minimum age in Texas to begin driving in courses is 14 and one must be 15 to acquire a provisional license.
The crash occurred when the truck crossed the center line of a two lane road in West Texas and hit a university athletic van head on. NTSB Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg noted the pickup truck’s front left tire was a spare and had blown out prior to the accident.
The impacted van was carrying members of the University of the Southwest golf team and their coach who were returning from a golf tournament at Midland College. Six members of the team as well as their coach died in the crash while two more sustained critical injuries. Among the dead were head coach Tyler James, 26, and students Mauricio Sanchez, 19; Travis Garcia, 19; Jackson Zinn, 22; Karisa Raines, 21; Laci Stone, 18; and Tiago Sousa, 18.
James was in his first season as the school’s head coach.
The two injured students, Dayton Price, 19; and Hayden Underhill, 20; remain hospitalized but are recovering, per University of the Southwest provost Ryan Tipton.
“There is no indication for how long it’s going to take, but they are both stable and recovering and every day making more and more progress,” he said.