Six killed after people smugglers’ van crashes during Texas police chase

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

6 killed, 7 hurt after SUV rolls during Texas police chase.

EDNA, Texas — 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. The chase began early Thursday as officers in Edna, 90 miles southwest of Houston, tried to stop the 2003 Ford Explorer for a traffic violation, said city police Chief Clinton Wooldridge. 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.

Thursday across the roadway from the crash site, near a home, Wooldridge said. “I believe the Ford Explorer is built on a half-ton chassis and it had ¾ of a ton of people. 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.

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