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TABC joins DPS in deadly crash investigation

AMARILLO - The Department of Public Safety confirmed alcohol was a factor in the crash that killed five cast and crew members of the musical "Texas," and now the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is involved in the investigation as well.

Right now the TABC is working to find out where the alcohol served at that party came from.

The six people in the car were leaving an end-of-season cast party held at Coldwater Ranch, owned by long-time Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation board member Joe Batson.

DPS troopers did find alcohol in the car, but it could take months for lab results to come back confirming how much, if any, each individual drank.

The TABC says since Coldwater Ranch isn't a business licensed to sell alcohol, the only liability there lies in whether minors were drinking.  

"As far as the criminal law is concerned, the only thing that would be illegal is if they provided alcohol to a minor," TABC Sgt. Charlotte Knox said.

Providing alcohol to minors is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine.

It hasn't been confirmed who in the car was intoxicated and who was not, but the driver of the car, Clinton Diaz, was only 20 years old.

Passengers Amanda Starz and Andrew Duncan were also under 21.

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