A13-year-old boy was behind the wheel of the pickup truck involved in a fatal collision in Texas that killed nine and injured two, including members of a college golf team, federal crash investigators said Thursday.
The crash occurred Tuesday night when the pickup crossed the center line of a two-lane road in West Texas and hit the University of the Southwest van head on.
The National Transportation and Safety Board has not identified the driver, but agency official Bruce Landsberg said the pickup’s front left tire was a spare and had blown out prior to the accident.
The pickup’s lone passenger, who died in the crash, is being identified as 38-year-old Henrich Siemans, 38, 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 van was carrying members of the golf team and their coach, who were returning from a tournament at Midland College.