Aug. 5 (UPI) — A one-vehicle accident along a rural South Texas highway left 10 dead Wednesday afternoon, most believed to be undocumented aliens, authorities said.
The Texas Department of Public Safety said a van that normally holds 15 people was transporting 29 on U.S. 281 south of Encino County, about 100 miles south of Corpus Christi, when the accident happened.
Witnesses told troopers that the van was traveling at an unsafe speed when it tried to make a right turn, veered off the roadway and slammed into a metal utility pole and stop sign.
The driver of the van and nine others were pronounced dead at the scene. The other passengers of the van were transported to hospitals in McAllen, Edinburg, Corpus Christi and Kingsville.
Brooks County Sheriff Urbino Martinez told USA Today that the van was top-heavy when the driver lost control and tipped over. Sgt. Nathan Brandley of the Texas Department of Public Safety said the crash survivors all sustained serious to critical injuries.
Troopers said the accident remained under investigation Thursday. Authorities said the names of the victims have not been made public.