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The 13-year-old was driving a truck in a fatal head-on collision with the University of the Southwest golf team bus, NTSB says

ANDREWS, Texas (KTRK) — National Transportation Safety Board Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg said Thursday that a 13-year-old was driving the pickup truck that struck a pickup truck in west Texas in a fiery collision that killed nine people .

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The truck’s left front tire, which was a spare tire, also blew out before the impact, Landsberg said.

According to the NTSB, the crash occurred around 8:17 p.m. Tuesday on FM 1788 near Andrews. Officials said a 2017 Ford Transit Van was towing a 2019 Salvation 8-foot box trailer and drove onto FM1788. The van, operated by the University of the Southwest, was en route back to Hobbs, New Mexico, after a golf tournament in Midland.

Authorities said a coach and eight student passengers from the university’s golf team were on board.

At the same time, a 2007 Dodge 2500 pickup truck was traveling on FM 1788 when it turned into the oncoming lane and collided head-on with the pickup truck. After the accident, a fire broke out and engulfed both vehicles.

According to the NTSB, the driver of the Dodge pickup truck has been identified as a 13-year-old.

In Texas, one must be 14 to begin taking classroom courses for a learner’s license and 15 to obtain this provisional license to drive with an instructor or licensed adult in the vehicle. Public Safety Department Sgt. Victor Taylor said a 13-year-old would be breaking the law.

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

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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