DPS: Crash leaves 10 possible migrants dead, multiple injured

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ENCINO, Texas (ValleyCentral) — A total of 10 people have been killed in a crash in Encino, Texas Wednesday afternoon. Over a dozen were injured.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) originally told ValleyCentral at that 11 migrants died. An update by DPS at 6:45 p.m. stated that 10 people were confirmed to be dead, and are believed to be migrants.

Wednesday night, DPS officials confirmed the driver and nine others were killed in the crash.

“As of right now, it looks like undocumented immigrant but right now we’re trying to [identify] everybody, and then we’re going to have to also go through the Mexican consulate to confirm if they are from out of the country or not,” said DPS Sgt. Nathan Brandley.

The crash took place northbound on Highway 281 in Encino, just south of the Falfurrias checkpoint, according to DPS officials.

Approximately 30 people were inside the van, in which the driver is thought to have been traveling at a high speed which caused the van to miss a curve, hit a utility pole, and hit a stop sign, said a release.

Texas DPS received information about the crash around 4:20 p.m.

Twenty other passengers have been transported to hospitals in Corpus hospitals and the Rio Grande Valley.

DPS states the crash remains under investigation.

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