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Fiery crash leaves accused drug smugglers injured

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Part of Military Highway was temporarily closed after two drug smugglers crashed their vehicle into a tree when attempting to flee from U.S. Border Patrol. Mario Aguilar was one of many local residents waiting for officials to open the street to traffic. Brownsville police blocked off the corner of Farm-to-Market 1732 and Highway 281 where the accident happened Wednesday morning. “I’m worried because there have been a lot accident there but this is major, it’s bigger. I don’t know what happened, said Aguilar. Border Patrol spotted the van coming from the river near the community of El Ranchito located south of San Benito. Authorities said they saw the men loading up bundles of what appeared to be marijuana into a burgundy van. Once agents got behind the vehicle, the driver sped up heading east on Military Highway. The driver made his way down the lawn and smashed into the tree. That’s when it went up in flames. “Our agency immediately responded over to the vehicle and pulled one subject out of the vehicle that was on fire,” said agent Eugene Montes. The driver was ejected from the vehicle, and a passenger also sustained injuries during the crash.

They were rushed to local hospitals for treatment.

Agents said three bundles of marijuana, weighing 140 pounds, were seized from the vehicle.

The road reopened early Wednesday afternoon.

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