An overcrowded van filled with migrants crashed near Encino, Texas, on Wednesday, killing 10 individuals whereas touring northbound on U.S. Highway 281, about 80 miles north of McAllen and the Texas-Mexico border.
The driver of a Ford passenger van was touring at a excessive pace within the exterior lane when he tried to show proper, veering off the roadway, in line with a preliminary investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). A witness advised Texas DPS that the motive force struck a metallic utility pole and a cease signal. The driver and 9 passengers had been pronounced useless on the scene of the crash, per Texas DPS.
At least 30 individuals had been touring contained in the van on the time of the accident, in line with the Brooks County Sheriff Office. Twenty people had been injured and have been transported to 5 space hospitals within the Rio Grande Valley.
Seargent Nathan Brandley at Texas DPS mentioned Thursday that the remaining 20 injured passengers transported to space hospitals are all in secure situation right now. Investigators are nonetheless working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to find out the international locations of origin of the passengers within the van, in addition to establish the motive force.
The actual reason behind the accident remained unclear on Thursday, because the automobile was not beneath pursuit by regulation enforcement or in any other case. Officials famous that these sorts of van accidents typically see inexperienced drivers on the helm.
Sheriff Benny Martinez advised CBS News that the van was carrying migrants originating from the U.S.-Mexico border.
Agents from the U.S. Border Patrol’s tactical unit, often known as BORTAC, first responded to the scene and helped crash victims, in line with Texas DPS.
In March,touring from Mexico to Southern California died after colliding with a semi-truck. Federal prosecutors charged a 47-year-old U.S. resident for transporting unauthorized people into the nation.
A 24-year-old Texas man was charged with (*10*) after eight individuals died in a head-on collision in southwest Texas, simply weeks later.
Grace Samuelson contributed to this report.