Eight passengers of a pickup truck loaded with immigrants were killed in a collision following a police chase for a traffic violation. The crash is one of the deadliest car accidents involving immigrants entering the country.

The Accident

Eight immigrants were killed on Monday, March 15, when the pickup truck they were traveling in crashed into another truck following a police chase. The Texas Department of Public Safety has not publicized the offense that led to the chase.

The Dodge pickup truck was attempting to flee from the police down U.S. Highway 277 when it collided head-on with a white F-150 roughly 30 miles north of Del Rio.

So far, it is unclear how many individuals were traveling in the Dodge, but eight Mexican nationals between the ages of 18 and 20 – seven men and one woman – were killed. Another passenger was hospitalized. Meanwhile, the driver of the Dodge tried to flee the scene but was later apprehended and is likely to face charges.

In the F-150, the driver and a child passenger were injured and later hospitalized.

Deadly Migrant Accidents in the U.S.

No one deserves to be put in an unsafe position on Texas roadways. Unfortunately, accidents involving migrant vehicles can be incredibly deadly due to the high number of passengers often involved. In fact, the March 15 accident isn’t even the most deadly migrant accident of 2021.

On March 3rd, two vehicles carrying 44 passengers in total were involved in a horrific incident approximately 30 miles from the Mexico-California border. The two vehicles had passed through a hole that had apparently been cut through the border wall by smugglers.

One of the vehicles, a Suburban carrying 19 immigrants, caught fire for unknown reasons. All of the passengers were able to escape the blaze, and all were subsequently taken into custody by Border Patrol agents.

Tragically, the passengers of the second vehicle, an Expedition carrying 25 passengers, weren’t so lucky. After the first vehicle caught fire, the Expedition continued on but was soon struck by a tractor-trailer. 13 were killed, 10 of whom were Mexican citizens.

The common thread between these incidents is vastly overcrowded vehicles.

If you’ve been involved in a car accident in Texas, contact the Houston car accident attorneys of Lapeze and Johns, PLLC, for help.

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Source: KTLA5, AP News


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johnsChristopher Johns co-founded Lapeze & Johns with one thing in mind: civil justice for victims of negligence. Mr. Johns is an experienced trial lawyer who has tried over 50 cases to verdict and judgment throughout Texas, the Gulf Coast, and around the United States with a 98% success rate. His efforts throughout his time at the University of Houston Law Center and as a lawyer have garnered him many accolades, a 10.0 rating from AVVO, and Super Lawyer in Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Litigation every year since 2004. Read more about Christopher Johns here.