A crowded van full of immigrants crashed near Encino, Texas on Wednesday, killing 10 people as they traveled north on US Highway 281 about 80 miles north of the McAllen-Texas-Mexico border.
According to a preliminary study by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), Ford passenger van drivers were driving in the outer lane at high speeds as they tried to turn right. Witnesses told the Texas DPS that the driver had struck a metal utility pole and a stop sign. According to the Texas DPS, the driver and nine passengers were declared dead at the crash site.
At the time of the accident, at least 30 people were moving inside the van, according to the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office. Twenty people were injured and transferred to five regional hospitals in the Rio Grande Valley.
Sheriff Benny Martinez told CBS News that Van was carrying immigrants from the US-Mexico border.
According to the Texas DPS, an agent of the US Border Guard’s tactical force, known as BORTAC, first responded to the scene and helped the crashed victims.
March, 13 people packed in an SUV A trip from Mexico to Southern California died after colliding with a semi-truck. A federal prosecutor has charged a 47-year-old U.S. resident with transferring an unauthorized individual into the country.
Immediately after eight people were killed in a head-on collision in southwest Texas, a 24-year-old Texas man was charged with “transporting illegal immigrants to death.”
Grace Samuelson contributed to this report.
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