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DPS Looking for Origin of Alcohol in Fatal Crash

Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission joins investigation into fatal crash that killed five members of the outdoor musical "Texas".
MOORE COUNTY  -- While friends and family mourn the loss of five members of "Texas", the investigation continues into the fatal crash that killed them.

        Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

        Three of the victims were under the age of 21.  Now, investigators are trying to find out where they got the alcohol.

        DPS troopers say the cast and crew were returning to Amarillo from an end of summer cast party Monday night when the crash occurred.

        The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is assisting DPS in the investigation.
    they will try to determine if the minors brought the alcohol with them or if it was supplied to them at the party.

        Troopers say there were open containers of alcohol in the car with the cast and crew when they were struck by a semi-truck on highway 287 just before midnight Monday.

        Investigators say the car they were in turned in front of the semi causing the collision.  Now, the TABC will interview others at the party to determine the origin of the alcohol.

         The party was held at Coldwater Ranch owned by former Texas board member Joe Batson.

        Furnishing alcohol to a minor is a misdemeanor but because deaths are involved, if it's found that adults did give any of the minors alcohol, more serious charges could be filed.

        A sixth passenger in the car remains hospitalized.  As is the trucker also involved in the crash.



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