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Van Transporting Immigrants Crashes In Texas

DRISCOLL (September 10, 2013)--A blown tire caused a federal van in which Honduran immigrants were being transported to roll off a South Texas highway Tuesday, injuring 10.

Texas Department of Public Safety Cpl. Charlie Ramirez said two agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement were hospitalized early Tuesday along with eight immigrants who had entered the country illegally after the crash on U.S. 77 near Driscoll.

Ramirez says the U.S. Customs and Border Protection van was en route to Corpus Christi International Airport from which the immigrants were to have been flown back to Honduras.

The van's left rear tire blew out, sending it skidding off the highway, across a ditch and rolling repeatedly in a muddy field.

Ramirez said two of the immigrants were ejected, but said all of the injured passengers were expected to survive.


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