Nine Suspected Illegal Immigrants Die In Late-Night Van Crash In Texas

PALMVIEW (April 11, 2012)—At least nine suspected illegal immigrants died and six more were injured when the van in which they were traveling rolled over late Tuesday in a South Texas border town, police said.

Palmview police Cmdr. Lenny Sanchez said is it not clear what caused the accident around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. 83.

Sanchez says the van was carrying 19 people from Mexico and that he believes they were all in the U.S. illegally.

He said two people who fled the wreck were arrested and were in custody.

Two more were still on the loose.

Police are trying to determine if the driver is among the dead.

Sanchez said three women were treated and released to immigration authorities.

Three men remained hospitalized Wednesday.

Sanchez had no details on their conditions.