LUBBOCK, Texas — The University of the Southwest held a press conference Thursday after a fiery crash killed six student-athletes and a head coach.

A van carrying the university’s golf team crashed while headed home from a tournament in Midland Tuesday evening. A total of nine people died, and two survivors were airlifted to Lubbock in critical condition.

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A transit van carrying the university’s golf team crashed with a pickup truck while headed home from a tournament in Midland. Texas DPS said for unknown reasons, the pickup truck drove into oncoming traffic and hit the van head-on. Both vehicles caught fire and burned.

Two survivors were — Dayton Price, 19, and Hayden Underhill, 20 — taken to Lubbock for medical treatment in critical condition.

“They’re making steady progress,” Dr. Ryan Tipton, Provost, said Thursday during a press conference on campus. “One of the students is eating chicken soup. I spoke with the parents, and they are with them, and they are recovering every day.”

“They are both stable and recovering and every day making more and more progress.”

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