The University of The Southwest holds news conference on tragic accident that claimed the lives of 7 members of school’s golf team

"Our institution is crushed and broken but strong."

ANDREWS, Texas – The University of The Southwest held a news conference on the tragic accident that claimed the lives of 7 members of the school’s golf team.

Dr. Ryan Tipton, the School’s Provost, said today that the school is like a family and that they are all affected by the loss of their students.

The president of the university was not present at the meeting as he was in Lubbock with two of the surviving members in the hospital.

Texas officials along with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are continuing to investigate the crash.

“They are not only students and coaches. they loved ones to us. they are members of our family here on campus. you are going to hear that word over and over and over again. it’s the mustang family. we truly are a family. when we lose one, let alone seven…you can imagine what that’s like, if you were to lose seven of your family members in one accident, you can imagine what that’s like. that’s what it’s like for us,” says Dr. Tipon.

“Our institution is crushed and broken but strong,” says Paula Smith, University of the Southwest CFO.

Coach Tyler James also died in the accident.

The two surviving players were in critical condition Wednesday. Today, one of the players was stable enough to eat soup.

Officials also say there were two people in the pick-up truck that collided with the van who also died. The driver was a 13-year-old. Investigation shows that the front left tire, which was a spare tire, had failed.

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