Head-on crash is the latest tragedy for the Texas family

University of Southwest golfers, from left, Philip Lopez, Johnny Flores and Hayley Cruz, visit the site of the monument on Thursday 17 March 2022 at the Rockwind Community Links in Hobbs, NM, set up for USW golf victims. Team vehicle accident. (AP by Odessa American / Odessa American)

HOBBES – Authorities investigating a fire in West Texas do not know why a 13-year-old boy was driving his father’s pickup truck in the passenger seat when it went into the opposite lane and collided with a passenger. Van, nine killed.

The unidentified teenager died in an accident along with his father, Heinrich Siemens, 38, and six members of the New Mexico College golf team and their coach. National Transportation Safety Board officials say the truck was blown out in front of a tire, spare and crash, but the cause is still under investigation.

This is the latest tragedy for a father-son family in Seminole, Texas.

Community members first gathered around Siemens and his wife Agatha when a fire in the kitchen that started in October destroyed the house where they had lived for a decade. Seminol is a rural community of about 7,500 people, some of whom moved to the area in the 1970s along with other Mennonite families who started farming and ranching activities.

Agatha wrote on her Facebook page that while the couple and their children escaped without any injuries, they lost everything, including one of the family pets.

After the crash, Agatha Siemens shared her family photos on social media, saying that her husband loved her life and that she had lost her son. She did not respond to messages seeking comment.

NTSB vice chairman Bruce Landsburg revealed Thursday that the truck was driven by a child.

After the tire exploded, the pickup truck went into the opposite lane on a dark two-lane highway and collided with the van. Both vehicles were burned.

Although it is unclear how fast the two vehicles were traveling, Landsberg said it was “clearly a high-speed collision”.

According to the agency, the speed limit at the crash site was 75 mph.

If the vehicle recorders are alive, researchers hope to retrieve enough information from them to understand what happened, Landsberg said. He said most people in the van were not wearing seat belts and at least one had been pulled out of the vehicle.

It is not uncommon for young people to drive in that area and other rural areas in the United States. It takes 14 years for someone in Texas to start taking classroom courses for a learner’s license and 15 years to get a temporary license to drive a vehicle with an instructor or a licensed adult.

Texas Department of Public Safety Sergeant. Steven Blanco said Friday.

NTSB sends research team to crash site in Andrews County, Texas, 30 miles east of the New Mexico State Line.

Southwestern University students and a coach, including one from Portugal and one from Mexico, were hit by vehicles Tuesday night as they were returning from a golf tournament in Midland, Texas. Two Canadian students have been hospitalized in critical condition. The private Christian college is in Hobbs.

According to NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss, the golf teams were traveling in a 2017 Ford Transit van that collided with the box trailer of the 2007 Dodge 2500 pickup.

The Texas Department of Public Safety identified the dead as: golf coach Tyler James, 26, Hobbs; And players Mauricio Sanchez, 19, Aguascalientes, Mexico; Travis Garcia, 19, Pleasanton, Texas; Jackson Jin, 22, Westminster, Colorado; Carissa Raines, 21, Fort Stockton, Texas; Lacy Stone, 18, Nokona, Texas; And Tiago Souza, 18, Algarve, Portugal.

The Canadian students in the van, Dayton Price, 19, of Mississauga, Ontario, and Hayden Underhill, 20, were seriously injured in the Amherstview in Ontario. The two were flown by helicopter to Lubbock, Texas.

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