Migrant Van Meets Tragedy Crashing Into Drainage Ditch
While many people around the world are fleeing their homes for reasons of climate change or safety, human migration is presenting problems for many countries across the globe; including our own.
NBCDFW reported on their website that six migrants who had crossed the U.S. border illegally were killed and five others critically injured when the vehicle they were traveling in crashed into a drainage ditch. The driver had been attempting to flee from Robstown Police Officers on Tuesday, June 4th.
Authorities say that the incident happened at approximately 10:00 p.m. Initially Police attempted to stop the SUV carrying the migrants along a road located in Nueces County, located approximately 220 miles southwest of Houston. Officers lost sight of the vehicle in a brushy area and broke off the chase.
911 Dispatch received a call from an area resident because an injured man came to their door. Nueces County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded but did not find the man but later found two other men walking along the road who informed them of the crash.
Sheriff’s deputies went to the crash scene and found several people who had to be extricated from the wreckage of the SUV. According to Capt. Daniel Lorberau of the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office, the critically injured and three others with minor injuries were taken to an area hospital for treatment.
U.S. Border Patrol agents were called to the scene. The migrants are reported to be from Mexico, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Authorities suspect that this incident, like many others in the region, is one related to human trafficking.