Four people were killed and three others are in critical condition Thursday following a car crash involving an alleged migrant smuggling operation in Texas, police said.
The incident took place on Interstate 35 in Encinal, Texas, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
"The driver suspected of human smuggling evaded law enforcement and crashed into a commercial vehicle," the Texas DPS tweeted.
LAREDO - Troopers are investigating a fatality crash on IH35 in Encinal, TX. Currently, 4 are confirmed deceased & 3 are critical. The driver suspected of human smuggling evaded law enforcement & crashed into a commercial vehicle. Updates will provided once they become available. pic.twitter.com/0qBuRsDnIS
— TxDPS - South Texas Region (@TxDPSSouth) June 30, 2022
Encinal is located about 40 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border.
The incident comes three days after 53 migrants being smuggled into the U.S. were found dead inside a tractor-trailer in San Antonio.
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