The pickup truck crossed into the oncoming lane, collided with a van and killed nine people.
The crash resulted in the death of the young teenager, who has not been identified, as well as his father, Henrich Siemens (38), and six members and their coach from a New Mexico college-golf team. Although the cause of the accident remains under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, officials claim that the truck's front tire (a spare) blew out prior to the crash.
This is the latest tragedy in the lives of the Seminole father and son.
In October, a fire in the kitchen caused by a fire in the house destroyed their home, where they lived for over a decade, led to the first rallying of community members around Siemens and Agatha. Seminole, a rural community with approximately 7,500 residents, was founded in 1970 by other Mennonite families that started farming and ranching.
The fire was extinguished without any injuries to the children and the couple. However, Agatha posted on her Facebook page that the family had lost all their possessions, including one of their pets.
Agatha Siemens posted family photos to social media after the crash. She said that her husband was her love and that she misses her son. She didn't return messages requesting comment.
Bruce Landsberg, Vice Chairman of NTSB, revealed Thursday that the truck was driven and owned by the child.
After the tire burst, the pickup truck crossed over into the other lane of the darkened two-lane highway, before colliding with van. Both vehicles burst into flames.
Landsberg stated that although it wasn't clear how fast the vehicles were travelling, "this was clearly an high-speed collision."
According to the agency, the speed limit at the crash site was 75 mph (120 km/h).
Landsberg stated that investigators wanted to get enough information from vehicles' recorders to help them understand the events. Landsberg stated that many people in the van weren't wearing seatbelts, and at least one of them was ejected.
It is not uncommon for teens to drive around this region or in other parts of the United States. To take classroom courses in Texas for a learner’s license, one must be at least 14 years old. Once you have that license, you can drive the vehicle with an instructor or licensed adult.
According to Texas Department of Public Safety Sergeant. Steven Blanco stated Friday.
NTSB sent an investigator team to the crash site, Texas' Andrews County. It is located approximately 30 miles (50 km) east of New Mexico state.
Two University of the Southwest students, one from Portugal, and one from Mexico were returning from a tournament in Midland, Texas when the vehicles collided on Tuesday night. Two Canadian students were taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Maria Duarte, University of the Southwest spokesperson, declined to comment on the NTSB announcement about the young driver. She cited ongoing investigations. The college, a private Christian college, is located in Hobbs (New Mexico), near the Texas border.
According to Eric Weiss, a spokesperson for NTSB Eric Weiss, the golf teams were travelling in a 2017 Ford Transit van. The box trailer was being tow by the Ford Transit van when it collided into the Dodge 2500 pickup.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Tyler James, a golf coach, died in Hobbs, New Mexico. Travis Garcia, 19, of Pleasanton Texas, and Mauricio Sanchez (19), of Aguascalientes Mexico. Jackson Zinn (22), Westminster Colorado. Karisa Raines (21), Fort Stockton Texas. Laci Stone (18) of Nocona Texas. Tiago Sousa (18), Algarve Portugal.
Canadian students Hayden Underhill (20) and Dayton Price (19), both from Mississauga (Ontario), were critically injured in the van crash. They were both flown by helicopter to Lubbock (110 miles/180 km) in the northeast.
"They are both stable, recovering, and making more and more progress every day," University of the Southwest Provost Ryan Tipton stated Thursday.
Tipton said, "One of the students eats chicken soup," and called their recovery a "game with inches."
Tipton stated that Quint Thurman, University President, visited the parents of the students at the hospital. This demonstrates the closeness between the college and its 350 students.
A memorial was held Wednesday at the campus golf course, where the team practices. It included flowers, golf balls, and a sign made by the team. On campus, counseling and religious services were available.
On Thursday night, 150 people attended Texas Roadhouse to remember Jackson Zinn. This is where Zinn met and worked for five months.
Maddy Russell (20 years old) of Hobbs said, "We met exactly here at this table." "He was my heart."
The mourners released approximately 100 blue and orange balloons in the windy eastern New Mexico cold whipping wind, which quickly disappeared into the horizon.