Eight immigrants had been killed on Monday afternoon when a pickup truck they had been using in crashed head-on into one other pickup throughout a police chase in southwestern Texas, the authorities stated on Tuesday amid a deepening humanitarian disaster alongside the Mexican border.
The accident occurred on U.S. Freeway 277 about 30 miles north of the border metropolis Del Rio, in keeping with the Texas Division of Public Security, which stated that the Dodge pickup with the immigrants had evaded Texas State Troopers earlier than the crash.
The authorities didn’t elaborate on what had led to the chase, however stated the Dodge had triggered a head-on collision with a Ford F-150.
The eight passengers within the Dodge who had been killed, all undocumented immigrants, died on the scene, in keeping with the Division of Public Security.
The motive force of the Ford and a toddler who was a passenger of that truck had been hospitalized in secure situation, together with a ninth passenger of the Dodge pickup truck, in keeping with a preliminary accident report.
The motive force of the Dodge ran off after the accident however was caught a short while later, in keeping with the authorities, who recognized him as Sebastian Tovar, 24. They stated that Mr. Tovar was in federal custody and was anticipated to be charged by the state.
The lack of life punctuated a interval of intensifying scrutiny of the Biden administration over situations alongside the Mexican border, the place there was a pointy uptick within the variety of migrants from Central America looking for entry into the US. On Tuesday, the top of the U.S. Division of Homeland Safety warned that immigration authorities anticipated to make extra apprehensions alongside the border this yr than at any time within the final twenty years.
Alejandro N. Mayorkas, the homeland safety secretary, characterised the scenario as “tough” in a press release on Tuesday.
“We’re on tempo to come across extra people on the southwest border than we now have within the final 20 years,” Mr. Mayorkas stated. “We’re expelling most single adults and households. We’re not expelling unaccompanied kids.”
The individuals who died in Monday’s accident had been all Mexican nationals between the ages of 18 and 20, The Related Press reported, citing info from the Val Verde County sheriff, Joe Frank Martinez. Seven of them had been males and one was a lady, the sheriff stated.
Pictures of the crash scene launched by the Division of Public Security confirmed what seemed to be the Dodge pickup upside-down within the grass on the facet of the freeway. Items of wreckage may very well be seen strewn on the street and the shoulder.