10 Killed in Crash of Packed Van in South Texas

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The conveyance was carrying 30 radical believed to beryllium migrants successful Brooks County, astir 80 miles northbound of the Mexico border, the authorities said.

A van carrying 30 radical   was traveling astatine  a precocious   velocity  erstwhile   it took a speedy  crook   and crashed connected  U.S. Highway 281, officials said. 
Credit...Brooks County Sheriff's Office

Aug. 4, 2021, 8:29 p.m. ET

At slightest 10 radical died aft a van carrying much than 2 twelve radical crashed connected Wednesday conscionable southbound of Encino, Texas, astir 80 miles northbound of the Mexico border, the section authorities said.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said its troopers were investigating a clang connected northbound U.S. Highway 281, southbound of the Falfurrias U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint. The van was transporting 30 people, Sheriff Urbino Martinez of Brooks County said.

A Border Patrol authoritative who was briefed connected the clang but not authorized to talk publically astir it, said that a van was traveling astatine a precocious velocity erstwhile it took a speedy crook and crashed, and that the conveyance was believed to beryllium carrying migrants.

There person been respective large fatal crashes involving migrants this twelvemonth arsenic the United States confronts a deepening humanitarian situation on the Mexican border.

In the Imperial Valley of California, 13 radical packed into an S.U.V. traveling from Mexico died successful aboriginal March erstwhile the conveyance collided with a tractor-trailer rig. Federal authorities successful the authorities aboriginal charged a 47-year-old U.S. resident with arranging proscription for radical entering the state illegally.

Less than 2 weeks aft the California crash, eight radical died successful southwestern Texas erstwhile a pickup motortruck collided head-on with different pickup during a 50-mile constabulary chase. A 24-year-old Texas antheral was charged a fewer weeks aboriginal with “transporting amerciable aliens resulting successful death.”

Edgar Sandoval contributed reporting.

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