UPDATE: A DPS Trooper has confirmed that alcohol was found inside the vehicle. They have not confirmed at this point if alcohol was a factor in the collision. DPS has released the names OF those killed in the wreck. The "Texas" members killed in the wreck are Andrew Duncan, Clinton Diaz, Amanda Starz, Julian Arredondo, and Eric Harrison.
According to DPS Trooper Christopher Ray, at about 11:26 pm, a Ford Taurus driven by Clinton Diaz of Amarillo was traveling west on FM 119 and attempted to turn south onto US 287.
The vehicle pulled out into the path of a southbound semi-truck tractor trailer driven by Theron Arthur McSay of Ft. Collins, CO.
The collision killed five of the six passengers. Timothy Johnson of Portland, OR. Was transported, by Lifestar, to Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo with critical injuries. The driver was also transported with serious injuries.
Troopers on the scene are continuing the investigation.
Alcohol may have been a factor in the crash, according to Troopers at the scene.
Five members of the musical drama "Texas" were killed in an early morning accident on US Hwy. 287 north of Amarillo, according to a statement from Kris Miller, executive director of the Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation.
Moore county officials and DPS are coordinating an investigation of the accident and were not available to make a statement. Details of the accident have not been released.
Tonight's performance of the play "Texas" have been cancelled.
In the statement Miller said the TPHF was devastated.
"Our heart goes out to the families of these young loved members of our TEXAS Family." said Miller in the statement released only to a few members of the press.
The Pronews 7 team sends our condolences to the cast and families of those involved in this tragic accident.