Police Struggle to Identify 14 Immigrants in Horrific Texas Crash

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Angeli Wright / The Victoria Advocate / AP

This July 22, 2012, photo shows a pickup truck that authorities say was overloaded with passengers when it veered off a highway and crashed into trees near Goliad, Texas, killing 14.

Two days after a gruesome pickup truck crash killed 14 people on a rural Texas highway, authorities turned to the grisly task of identifying the victims, believed to be undocumented immigrants from Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.

Most of the victims were not carrying identification, so authorities have turned to using fingerprints and photographs found at the crash site in an attempt to identify them. Victor Emilio Corzo of the Mexican Consulate in San Antonio told Spanish-language media outlets that the majority of the victims were from Guatemala. He confirmed that at least one victim was of Mexican origin. Corzo added that survivors were being treated in hospitals in San Antonio, Corpus Cristi and Victoria.

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Twenty-three immigrants packed into the cab of a white Ford F-250 Sunday night before it crashed into two trees in Berclair, Texas, roughly 90 miles southeast of San Antonio. Eleven people, including two young children, died at the scene, while three others died at nearby hospitals. The nine surviving immigrants were admitted into several area hospitals, according to officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“It’s the worst single-vehicle wreck I’ve worked in my 40 years in the funeral business,” Adrian Fulton, a local funeral home director, told the Associated Press.

Tire failure and high speeds may have caused the wreck, which is being labeled as one of the deadliest in Texas history. Police officials estimate the truck was traveling at a speed of 75 m.p.h. before it swerved into two trees head-on. “This if the most people I’ve seen in any passenger vehicle, and I’ve been an officer for 38 years, ” Texas State Trooper Gerald Bryant told the AP.

The accident occurred on a rural but busy stretch of U.S. Highway 59, which runs from border town Laredo, Texas to Houston and is considered a popular route for immigrant smugglers. Sunday’s deadly crash occurred about 40 miles from the site of one the United States’ deadliest immigrant smuggling incidents. In 2003, 19 immigrants, mostly from Central America, died of asphyxia when they were abandoned in a sweltering trailer. And in April, nine undocumented immigrants died in the Rio Grande Valley when their van overturned while being chased by U.S. Border Patrol agents.

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KaneDaly
KaneDaly

Eleven people, including two young children, died at the scene, while three others died at nearby hospitals. The nine surviving immigrants were admitted into several area hospitals, according to officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  Okay - tragic about the kids - but that makes 23 illegals in one vehicle!  Insert joke here.

Starshiprarity
Starshiprarity

Whether or not you support their undocumentedness (new word!), you have to appreciate the tiniest bit of humor in this.

emmyc80
emmyc80

What kind of shameless people are you??? Yes they were illegal but that doesn't give them a right to die. Who do you think you are? I know a lot of immigrants who come in search of a better life for them and their families. My father for example came from Mexico and made something of himself he did it alone! You can't judge these people because they are illegal, because you don't know their story. I know a lot of American people living off of the welfare system nobody tells them anything... Why because they're legal? One last thing don't forget this country was build by immigrants who all came for a better future. Also Texas was once land of Mexico but because of greed it was taken away. "Westward Expansion" that's all BS "god given right" to move west, yea I'm sure god said it was okay to expand and kill innocent people in the process to build America Greedy Close minded Americans .

Armando_Cedillo
Armando_Cedillo

This is just so tragic. America is under-populated, over-employed and suffering from some of the most excessive rainfall in decades. Just when we desperately need more undocumented foreign nationals to join us at the apex of our national narrative this happens! Is there no God? 

Amelia Baudoin
Amelia Baudoin

 really? you are hateful and you wonder why all your children are bullies for the whore mothers they have and crack daddy's! the parents are the bullies and the children learn from them!

ULURU
ULURU

Tire failure? I guess someone (maybe La Raza) will sue Ford Motor Co. for not designing the truck to hold the weight of an elephant. Screw this. Build a border wall that will keep them out. Hire as many border police as it takes and give them the authority to use any force required to stop them.

f_galton
f_galton

At least they killed themselves instead of Americans.

SF
SF

Why?

GoldenGir1
GoldenGir1

I feel sorry for the people that died but still, they were entering the country illegally

and what is left is that us taxpayers will be footing all the hospital bills. Where is justice?

 

Amelia Baudoin
Amelia Baudoin

 these people will risk everything including their life for a better life your whore ass has not suffer a day in your life you heartless evil woman! you don't know what how it is to be without food  hope god punishes you!

SF
SF

Exactly, why?

Here in AZ they even go out and deliver water to the illegals coming into our country so they don't perish in the desert. AGAIN, why?

If the illegals stayed in their country and put their efforts into making it better perhaps itwould be. Hmmm?  They would rather suck off the Americans.

emmyc80
emmyc80

What kind of shameless people are you??? Yes they were illegal but that doesn't give them a right to die. Who do you think you are? I know a lot of immigrants who come in search of a better life for them and their families. My father for example came from Mexico and made something of himself he did it alone! You can't judge these people because they are illegal, because you don't know their story. I know a lot of American people living off of the welfare system nobody tells them anything... Why because they're legal? One last thing don't forget this country was build by immigrants who all came for a better future. Also Texas was once land of Mexico but because of greed it was taken away. "Westward Expansion" that's all BS "god given right" to move west, yea I'm sure god said it was okay to expand and kill innocent people in the process to build America Greedy Close minded Americans .

dontgetpeople_10
dontgetpeople_10

Maybe you should go back to Mexico then since we are just awful people up in America.