13-year-old drove pickup in deadly Texas crash that critically injured 2 Canadian students | CBC Sports

Two college students from Ontario are recovering in hospital following a lethal crash between a pickup truck and a van carrying a university golf group in Texas.

9 folks have been killed within the crash and the 2 Canadians who suffered crucial accidents are actually thought-about “steady.” Six members of the College of the Southwest males’s and girls’s golf groups died, as did their coach.

A 13-year-old was driving the pickup, a Nationwide Transportation Security Board official mentioned Thursday. The kid and a person touring within the truck additionally died.

Dayton Value, 19, of Mississauga, Ont., and Hayden Underhill, 20, of Amherstview, Ont., have been airlifted to College Medical Heart in Lubbock, about 180 kilometres to the northeast of the crash website in Andrews County. 

“They’re each steady and recovering and every single day making increasingly progress,” College of the Southwest provost Ryan Tipton mentioned Thursday of the 2 injured college students.

“One of many college students is consuming rooster soup,” mentioned Tipton, calling their restoration “a recreation of inches.”

The truck’s left entrance tire, which was a spare tire, additionally blew out earlier than affect, mentioned NTSB Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg.

Though it was unclear how briskly the 2 automobiles have been touring, “this was clearly a high-speed collision,” Landsberg mentioned. He added investigators hoped to retrieve sufficient info from the car’s recorders to raised perceive what occurred.

One have to be 14 in Texas to start out taking classroom programs for a learner’s license and 15 to obtain that provisional license to drive with an teacher or licensed grownup within the car. Division of Public Security Sgt. Victor Taylor mentioned a 13-year-old driving can be breaking the legislation.

The pickup truck crossed into the alternative lane on a darkened, two-lane freeway earlier than colliding head-on with the van.

It isn’t unusual for folks in rural elements of the U.S. to study to drive once they’re younger. However the information {that a} 13-year-old was behind the wheel within the Texas crash put a renewed deal with the follow.

Dayton Value posted this image to his Instagram account in 2021 when he signed his letter of intent to play golf for the College of the Southwest. (Instagram/Dayton_Price_Golf)

Tipton mentioned College president Quint Thurman personally visited the scholars’ mother and father on the hospital, illustrating the shut neighborhood on the faculty that has solely about 350 on-campus college students. Underhill’s brother, Drew, mentioned their mother and father, Ken and Wendy, flew to Texas on Wednesday.

The scholars have been aboard the van on their approach house from a golf event in Midland, Texas on Tuesday night when the collision occurred.

A GoFundMe web page has been arrange by Value’s father, Darren, to boost cash for his medical bills. As of Thursday at 6 p.m. ET the fund had raised greater than $100,000 of the $200,000 objective.

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