Ten people have been killed and 13 are injured after a van carrying illegal migrants flipped over in
The top heavy Ford van was reportedly speeding but not being chased when it crashed coming off the Highway 281 in Encino shortly after 4 pm on Wednesday afternoon.
Approximately 30 people we inside the 15 passenger van, in which the driver is thought to have been traveling at a high speed which caused the vehicle to miss a curve, hit a utility pole, and struck a stop sign, according to a DPS spokesperson.
Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Nathan Brandley confirmed most of the passengers were undocumented immigrants.
Ten people have been killed and 13 are injured after a van carrying mostly undocumented immigrants crashed in Texas on Wednesday
The vehicle was not being chased but was reportedly speeding when it crashed into a pole off
The 15 passenger van was carrying nearly 30 people while driving on Highway 281 in Encino, Texas
The driver was reportedly speeding which caused the vehicle to miss a curve, hit a utility pole, and struck a stop sign
Sgt. Nathan Brandley confirmed most of the passengers were undocumented immigrants
Texas Department of Public Safety and Brooks County Police Department are working together to investigate the deadly crash
Texas DPS is working with the Mexican Consulate to confirm identities of the passengers.
Helicopters transported the injured to trauma centers in the Rio Grande Valley and Corpus Christi.
Authorities have not identified the driver but confirmed that he died at the scene, Brooks County Sheriff Urbino “Benny” Martinez told
The crash happened in Encino, Texas nearly 2 miles south from the Falfurrias Border Patrol check point
DPS is leading the investigation with assistance from the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office. Traffic is currently being diverted around the scene of the crash.
Encino is a small community of about 140 residents nearly 2 miles south of the Falfurrias Border Patrol three-lane traffic check point.
The US Customs and Border Patrol Agency was on the scene quickly but is not involved in the investigation as authorities have not found evidence that the van was or had gone through the checkpoint.
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