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One dead and 11 hospitalized in crash authorities suspect was human trafficking

A dozen people were ejected and one was killed Wednesday morning in a crash authorities suspect was a case of human trafficking, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.

Department spokesman Lt. Chris Olivarez said in a pair of tweets that the fatal accident happened in the town of La Joya – about 8 km from the Mexican border – after the driver “evaded law enforcement after ignoring a red light”.

“Due to excessive speed and recklessness, the driver crashed and overturned on a dirt road,” the tweet continued.

The crash happened shortly after 9:30 a.m., Olivarez said.

A passenger from the truck was pronounced dead at the scene, Olivarez said, adding that the person has not yet been identified.

All 11 survivors, including the driver, were taken to hospital, according to Olivarez, who said authorities suspected some passengers were inside the truck and others were rolling in the bed.

Some were in critical condition and others were stable, he added. More information about their conditions was not immediately available.

It’s unclear where the passengers came from, Olivarez said.

If the injured passengers are discharged from the hospital and they are non-citizens, Border Patrol will take over, he said.

Authorities suspect the case involved human trafficking because of the number of people involved, the area and the fact that the driver was evading law enforcement after running a red light, Olivarez said.

The investigation is ongoing, according to Olivarez.


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