Six Dead, 8 Injured After Smugglers’ SUV Crashes in Texas Police Chase

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

6 Killed as S.U.V. Carrying Immigrants Crashes in Texas Chase.

EDNA, Texas (AP) — Six people who were killed when the SUV they were in crashed following a police chase were being transported by a smuggling organization, federal officials said Thursday.

The driver, a U.S. citizen, and two others in the vehicle are believed to be members of the smuggling organization, Leticia Zamarripa, a spokeswoman for U.S. Police officials in Edna, Tex., said officers attempted to stop a 2003 Ford Explorer for a moving violation around 1:30 a.m. when the driver sped away, heading north toward Houston on Highway 59. Two of the immigrants were being treated at a hospital in nearby Victoria for fractures, while another was in critical condition at a Houston hospital, Wooldridge said.

Some passengers were identified as being from Honduras and Guatemala, the chief said, but officials have not yet determined whether the victims were undocumented immigrants. Thursday across the roadway from the crash site, near a home, Wooldridge said. “We’ve been in contact with consulates and they are working with the medical examiner’s offices to try and find these people’s families,” he said. “I believe the Ford Explorer is built on a half-ton chassis and it had ¾ of a ton of people. But he added that undocumented immigrants “bailing out of their vehicles and running off into the pastures” happens frequently in that part of Texas. It is not uncommon for vehicles packed with immigrants who have entered the U.S. illegally to be involved in deadly crashes as they are shuttled away from the border. Jenny Bryson Clark, an associate professor of political science at South Texas College in McAllen, Tex., who has been researching human trafficking, said that immigrants from Central America often fall victim to smugglers when they arrive in the United States.

She said that they are frequently held in “stash houses” occupied by as many as 100 people before they are transported north, usually in overcrowded vehicles.

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