Child was driving pickup truck that struck golfers’ van in Texas, killing 9: NTSB

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Child was driving pickup truck that struck golfers' van in Texas, killing 9: NTSB

HOBBS, N.M. —National Transportation Safety Board Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg said Thursday that a 13-year-old was driving the pickup truck that struck a van in West Texas in a fiery collision that killed nine people.

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

One must be 14 in Texas to start taking classroom courses for a learner’s license and 15 to receive that provisional license to drive with an instructor or licensed adult in the vehicle. Department of Public Safety Sgt. Victor Taylor said a 13-year-old driving would be breaking the law.

The National Transportation Safety Board announced that it was a 13-year-old illegally driving the car that struck the van.
The National Transportation Safety Board announced that it was a 13-year-old illegally driving the car that struck the van.
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A memorial for the victims of the crash at the Rockwind Community Links in Hobbs, New Mexico.
A memorial for the victims of the crash at the Rockwind Community Links in Hobbs, New Mexico.
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(Clockwise from top left) Tiago Sousa, Karissa Raines, Laci Stone, Mauricio Sanchez, Jackson Zinn and Travis Garcia all died in the crash.
(Clockwise from top left) Tiago Sousa, Karissa Raines, Laci Stone, Mauricio Sanchez, Jackson Zinn and Travis Garcia all died in the crash.
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Although it was unclear how fast the two vehicles were traveling, “this was clearly a high-speed collision,” Landsberg said.

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