A dozen folks have been ejected and one in all them was killed Wednesday morning in a crash that officers suspect is a case of human smuggling, the Texas Division of Public Security stated.
The division’s spokesperson, Lt. Chris Olivarez, stated in a pair of tweets that the deadly crash occurred within the metropolis of La Joya — about 5 miles from the Mexico border — after the driving force “evaded from regulation enforcement after disregarding a pink gentle.”
“On account of extreme pace & recklessness the driving force crashed & rolled over on a dust street,” the tweet continued.
The crash occurred shortly after 9:30 a.m., Olivarez stated.
A passenger within the truck was pronounced useless on the scene, Olivarez stated, including that the particular person has not but been recognized.
The 11 survivors, together with the driving force, have been taken to the hospital, in line with Olivarez, who stated authorities suspect some passengers have been contained in the truck and others have been using within the mattress.
Some have been in crucial situation and others have been secure, he added. Extra info on their circumstances was not instantly accessible.
It’s unclear the place the passengers initially got here from, Olivarez stated.
If the injured passengers are launched from the hospital and they’re non-citizens, Border Patrol will take over, he stated.
Authorities suspect the case concerned human smuggling based mostly on the variety of folks concerned, the realm, and the truth that the driving force was evading regulation enforcement after operating a pink gentle, Olivarez stated.
The investigation is ongoing, in line with Olivarez.