Fourteen Dead in Texas Truck Crash

On Behalf of | Aug 11, 2012 | Truck Wrecks

USA Today reported a story about a truck crash in Texas that killed at least 14 and injured 9. The reason for such a high number of victims was the nature of the crash, involving 23 illegal immigrants crammed into a single pickup truck. The pickup went off a highway and crashed into trees in rural areas of McAllen, Texas. The incident was being looked into by federal immigration agents on the human smuggling aspect of the case, while the cause of the crash was investigated by public safety authorities. The crash took place about 150 miles northeast of the border with Mexico. Among the three females and 11 men that died in the crash were citizens of Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Greg Palmore said. ”This is the most people I’ve seen in any passenger vehicle, and I’ve been an officer for 38 years,” Spokesman Gerald Bryant of the Texas Department of Public Safety said. According to Bryant, the driver of the truck was among the 11 found dead at the scene. Bryant said he saw at least two young children among the dead. Some of the passengers were inside the cab of the vehicle, some of them on the truck’s bed, and others scattered in a ditch and on the road. The scene did not have much belongings or identification. You or your loved ones are probably not cramming yourselves into a pickup with 22 other people, but accidents happen regardless. If you find yourself in a situation where you are injured because of reckless driving or otherwise, make sure to find out if you are eligible for compensation. Do not go through your ordeal alone, contact an experienced New Braunfels personal injury attorney today, and get the assistance you need.