Texas horror crash: 10 dead and 13 injured after van carrying illegal migrants flips

AT LEAST 10 people have died after a van full of illegal migrants flipped over in Texas.

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The incident took place on a remote highway south of Enrico in Brooks County shortly before 11pm GMT. A further 13 people have been left injured following the horrific crash.

Speaking to KRGV, Benny Martinez, the Brooks County Sheriff, confirmed the van was carrying as many as 25 undocumented migrants.

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) initially reported 11 had been killed in the incident but has since revised the number of dead to 10, according to Fox News.

They also believe there could have been as many as 30 people in the vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle is also reported to be among the deceased.

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Texas horror crash: 10 dead and 13 injured after van carrying illegal migrants flips (Image: Getty Images)

Urbino Benny Martinez, Brooks County Sheriff

Urbino Benny Martinez, Brooks County Sheriff (Image: Getty Images)

The cause of the crash is still unknown but reports have indicated the van was not involved in a pursuit prior to the incident.

In a tweet, Fox News journalist, Bill Melugin, wrote the van “veered off the road and crashed into a utility pole on US 281 in Encino, Brooks County.”

The crash site is approximately 80 miles north of the Texas Mexico border.

Photos from the scene show the body of the vehicle had been badly damaged.

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Brooks County, TX

Brooks County, TX and Highway 281 (Image: Google maps)

Highway US 281

Highway US 281 in Brooks county (Image: Google Maps)

In June, Brooks County recorded a 300 percent rise in migrant deaths.

Mr Martinez said the bodies of 16 migrants were recovered in the area, made up of desolate roads and wilderness, with a number succumbing to starvation or dehydration while attempting to move north.

Speaking to former President Donald Trump at a briefing in Weslaco, the Texas sheriff said: “We are 70 miles north of the river and have one of the busiest checkpoints there are in the southwest corridor

“In June 2020, we had four body recoveries.


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Migrant bodies recovered from brush in Brooks County

Migrant bodies recovered from brush in Brooks County (Image: Getty Images)

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Brooks County has reported a 300 percent increase in migrant body findings (Image: Getty Images)

“In June 2021, we had 16 bodies recovered — a 300 percent increase.”

Data on migrant deaths from the first six months of 2021 state nearly 50 deceased migrants had been recovered.

However, in all of 2020, only 34 were recorded.

William Murphy

William Murphy

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