Eli Hartman/Odessa American through AP, File
DALLAS — A Texas man, not his 13-year-old son, was driving the pickup truck that crossed into the oncoming lane and struck a van carrying New Mexico school golfers, killing 9 folks, and he had methamphetamine in his system, investigators stated Thursday.
The Nationwide Transportation Security Board stated two days after the March 15 collision that its early findings urged that the 13-year-old was driving the pickup that struck the van carrying College of the Southwest college students and coaches again to Hobbs, New Mexico, from a golf match in Midland, Texas. However the NTSB stated in a preliminary report launched Thursday that DNA testing confirmed that the daddy, 38-year-old Henrich Siemens, was driving and that toxicological testing confirmed the presence of methamphetamine within the Siemens’ blood.
Siemens and his son died within the crash together with six members of the boys’s and girls’s golf groups and their coach, who was driving the van.
The collision occurred at about 8:17 p.m. in Andrews County, which is roughly 30 miles (50 kilometers) east of Texas’ border with New Mexico. Though it is a rural space, the roads there are sometimes busy with visitors associated to agriculture and oil and fuel improvement.
Within the days after the crash, the NTSB had stated that the truck’s left entrance tire blew earlier than influence. However it stated Thursday that to date, investigators have not discovered proof of a loss in tire stress or some other indicators that the tire failed.
The NTSB stated the highway they had been touring on consisted of a northbound lane and southbound lane. Close to the crash web site, the roadway was straight however there was no freeway lighting.
These killed within the van had been coach Tyler James, 26, of Hobbs, New Mexico; and gamers Mauricio Sanchez, 19, of Mexico; Travis Garcia, 19, of Pleasanton, Texas; Jackson Zinn, 22, of Westminster, Colorado; Karisa Raines, 21, of Fort Stockton, Texas; Laci Stone, 18, of Nocona, Texas; and Tiago Sousa, 18, of Portugal.
Two different college students aboard the van had been significantly injured.
The crash remains to be being investigated to find out the possible case of the crash, the NTSB stated.