14 Illegal immigrants (23 packed in) killed in minivan crash in McAllen Texas
McALLEN, Texas—With little more than photographs and fingerprints, authorities were trying to identify 14 suspected illegal immigrants who were killed when a pickup truck packed with nearly two dozen people crashed in South Texas in one of the nation’s deadliest immigrant smuggling accidents.
The victims — men, women and children — were carrying toothbrushes, toothpaste and changes of socks and underwear but no identification. Authorities said the white Ford F250 was carrying 23 immigrants from Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala when it veered off a highway and crashed into trees Sunday night..
“This is the most people I’ve seen in any passenger vehicle, and I’ve been an officer for 38 years,” he said.
It is not uncommon for human traffickers to try to maximize profits by over-loading vehicles with illegal immigrants as they head north from the Texas-Mexico border. In April, nine Mexican immigrants died near the border when the teenage driver of their van crashed after fleeing Border Patrol. There were 18 people in that minivan.
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- Deadly patrols: Illegal immigrant shot by US agent recounts ‘terror’ in the desert (openchannel.msnbc.msn.com)
- 2 indicted after 115 illegal immigrants found (mysanantonio.com)
Posted on July 23, 2012, in Pig Trough and tagged 23 packed into minivan, Guatemala, Honduras, illegal immigrants, Irregular immigration, McALLEN, McAllen Texas, mexicans, mexico, South Texas, texas. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.