至少 10 dead as van carrying migrants crashes in Texas

至少 10 dead as van carrying migrants crashes in Texas
Investigators say an overloaded van carrying 29 migrants has crashed on a remote South Texas highway, killing at least 10 人们, including the driver, and injuring 20 其他

An overloaded van carrying 29 migrants crashed Wednesday on a remote South 德克萨斯州 highway, killing at least 10 人们, including the driver, and injuring 20 其他, 当局说.

The crash happened shortly after 4 下午. Wednesday on U.S. 281 in Encino, 德克萨斯州, 关于 50 英里 (80 公里) north of McAllen Sgt. Nathan Brandley of the Texas Department of Public Safety says the van, designed to hold 15 乘客, was speeding as the driver tried to veer off the highway onto Business Route 281. He lost control of the top-heavy van, which slammed into a metal utility pole and a stop sign.

The van was not being pursued, said Brooks County Sheriff Urbino.

Martinez said he believed all of the passengers were migrants. Brandley said the death toll was initially announced as 11 but was later revised. He also said the 20 who survived the initial crash all have serious to critical injuries.

The identities of the 30 in the van were being withheld until relatives can be notified, Brandley said. No information about the van, including where it was registered or who owned it, was immediately released..

Encino is a community of about 140 residents about 2 英里 (3.22 公里) south of the Falfurrias Border Patrol checkpoint.

A surge in migrants crossing the border illegally has brought about an uptick in the number of crashes involving vehicles jammed with migrants who pay large amounts to be smuggled into the country. 这 达拉斯 Morning News has reported that the recruitment of young drivers for the smuggling runs, combined with excessive speed and reckless driving by those youths, have led to horrific crashes.

Victor M. Manjarrez Jr., director of the Center for Law & Human Behavior at the University of Texas at El Paso told the newspaper that criminal organizations recruit drivers from Austin, Dallas and Houston Others come from the El Paso area, while others come from parts of Latin America rife with police corruption.

“They’re told, ‘If you’re caught, it’ll go bad for you,’” he said.

They’ll be picked out of a group of migrants seeking safe passage across the border for a reduction of their smuggling fee, Manjarrez said. They’re told to follow a scout vehicle.

“It’s not bad for a few hours’ work,” Manjarrez said.

One of the deadliest crashes came on March 3, 什么时候 13 people were killed when a semitrailer truck slammed into a sport utility vehicle containing 25 migrants near Holtville, 加利福尼亚州, 关于 125 英里 (200 公里) east of San Diego.

On March 17, eight migrants were killed when the pickup truck carrying them crashed into another truck while being pursued by police nearly 30 英里 (50 公里) north of the border city of Del Rio, 德克萨斯州. The driver faces a possible life sentence after pleading guilty to multiple federal charges on May 24. No sentencing date has been set.

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This story has been corrected to show the death toll is “at least 10,” based on revised information from authorities.

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