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US Migrants, Border Patrol Officer Injured in Crash With 18 Wheeler Near Texas Border

02:35  11 june  2021
02:35  11 june  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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A CUSTOMS and Border Patrol (CBP) agent and up to six migrants have reportedly been injured after a truck transporting detainees crashed in Texas on Thursday. The CBP vehicle overturned along Interstate 10 near Van Hor just after 6.20am, the agency confirmed in a statement. Border Patrol officials said the vehicle involved in the crash was being driven by an agent who was transporting detainees to a nearby facility. Multiple injuries were reported at the scene, with CBP saying "medical assistance was requested". However, a specific number of those hurt, or the extent of the injuries

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A Border Patrol detention van was involved in a roll-over traffic incident Thursday morning, injuring several and closing down part of the interstate near the Texas border.

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"It was a two-vehicle accident with both vehicles traveling westbound along Interstate 10," Gregory Davis, a spokesman for Customs and Border Protection, told Newsweek. The other vehicle, an 18-wheel truck "failed to maintain its lane," and "encroached into the passing lane, forcing the van onto the median."

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Border Patrol agents in the nation's busiest sector for human smuggling continue to report consistent, large migrant group crossings. This group of 105 migrants consisted of 35 family units and 24 unaccompanied minors. The following morning, McAllen Station agents encountered two more large groups crossing the border near Penitas and Abram, Texas . These two groups totaled 154 migrants . Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol officials reported their agents encountered 19 groups of 100 or more migrants illegally crossing from Mexico into Texas this year.

"The van rolled over multiple times I believe," said Davis.

Potentially six or seven people, including both the driver, who is a Border Patrol agent, and several detained migrants, were sent to various hospitals for their injuries.

The injury transport operations included several ambulances and more than one helicopter trip to regional hospitals. "No deaths, no fatalities," said Davis, who also noted that he could not provide details about the identities of the individuals involved, but he hoped to be able to release more information about the crash and the health status of those involved later in the day.

The West Texas department of Customs and Border Protection released a statement via Twitter Thursday. "Initial information indicates that today, at approximately 7:25 a.m. CST, a U.S. Border Patrol Agent transporting detainees along Interstate 10 near mile marker 145 approximately two miles east of Van Horn Texas, was involved in a vehicle accident," the statement said.

"All available medical assistance was requested to the scene. Office of Professional Responsibility has been notified/is currently investigating this incident. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available."

Traffic was temporarily detoured off of Interstate 10, and onto a frontage road by Texas State Troopers who were on the scene investigating the accident. The El Paso branch of the Texas Department of Transportation tweeted a traffic update and footage of the rollover crash on Thursday morning: "TRAFFIC ALERT!! I-10 westbound closed at MM 143 @TxDPS investigating rollover crash. Traffic detoured to frontage road until further notice."

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Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents arrested 156 migrants during a four-day period ending on Thanksgiving. They recovered the migrants from life-threatening smuggling incidents. On Thanksgiving Eve, a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper contacted Border Patrol for assistance in a traffic stop near Palmview, Texas . The trooper told the McAllen Station agents the driver of a Ford Explorer fled into the brush. A search of the Explorer led to the discovery of five people hunkered down inside.

Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents and the Laredo Police Department made the apprehensions during a series of raids Monday and Tuesday in the border town of Laredo, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The raids came as the number of migrants arrested at stash houses has Agents assigned to the Laredo Sector Border Patrol 's Laredo South Station and a team of cops discovered a residence located on Canelo Drive in the Texas border town of Laredo that doubled as a stash house for migrant smugglers. A total of 20 Mexican nationals, all of whom were unlawfully in

This is not the only recent nearby incident of a Border Patrol vehicle being involved in a crash near the Texas border. Just one week prior to Thursday's crash, on June 2, a train hit a Border Patrol vehicle that was stopped on its tracks in the El Paso, Texas area.

A Border Patrol agent was running after a suspect and left the vehicle parked near the tracks, with the door open. The train then crashed into the vehicle, catching the door, KFOX14 reported.

The Sunland Park Police Department said the crash occurred near Brickland Road on the Texas side of the border, and that no injuries were reported.

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CBP: More than 180,000 migrants encountered at the border, but fewer unaccompanied children and families .
The number of people coming to the U.S.-Mexico border hit a record high in May, but the number of unaccompanied minors and families is decreasing.Overall, CBP encountered 180,034 people attempting to enter the U.S. at its southern border. That number is up from April, when officials encountered 178,854 people at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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