Single Vehicle Accident in Texas Leaves 13 Dead, Injures 12 Others
Goliad 7/23/2012 08:22 PM GMT (WooEB)
A pickup truck carrying 23 passengers crashed into a tree Sunday evening along a rural Texas highway, killing 13 and injuring 11 others.
The accident took place in a town called Berclair, about 80 miles outside of San Antonio when the driver of a Ford 250 extended cab truck lost control and careened off Highway 59 and slammed into a tree.
There were a total of 23 people, adults and children, crammed into the truck cab and in the bed. Thirteen people died as a result, including two children.
The driver of the truck was thrown from the vehicle but survived the crash. Several others are in critical condition.
Texas Department of Public Safety Senior Trooper, Gerald Bryant said, “in my 38 years as an officer, this is one of the worst fatalities I have been to and I have never seen where we had that many people in one vehicle.”
Officials believe that many people in the truck were illegal immigrants.
In April, a minivan carrying immigrants crashed while it was being pursued by Border Patrol Agents. Seventeen people were injured.
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