. Child was driving pickup truck that struck golfers’ van in Texas, killing 9: NTSB « JO LEE MAGAZINE

NYPOST A 13-year-old boy was driving a pickup truck that struck a van in Texas and killed nine people — including six New Mexico college golfers — in a fiery crash, authorities said Thursday The unnamed boy was driving illegally on a spare tire before it blew out and the truck slammed head-on into a van carrying golfers from the University of the Southwest Tuesday night, said National Transportation Safety Board vice chairman Bruce Landsberg. The 13-year-old driver and his 38-year-old dad Henrich Siemens — who were heading to pick up a new car — also died in the collision, according to authorities and Siemens’ heartbroken widow.

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