Human smuggling crash leaves three migrants dead in Texas near border

Three immigrants died in a car accident in Kinney County, Texas. A passing motorist discovered the gruesome scene near Brackettville on Sunday and immediately alerted authorities. According to Kinney County Sheriff Brad Coe, the crash did not involve a pursuit by law enforcement.

Coe told Breitbart Texas that he suspects the vehicle was exclusively occupied by immigrants. Deputies identified a surviving passenger, one of the five occupants of the vehicle, as the brother of the person driving the vehicle. The crash killed the driver (also an immigrant) and two other immigrants in the vehicle after the driver lost control and ran off the road. The crash occurred near a sharp curve on Farm to Market Road 131 between Eagle Pass and Brackettville.

Three migrants were killed and two others injured in a one-vehicle collision with people smugglers. (Kinney County Sheriff’s Office)

Sheriff Coe says his deputies encounter vehicles that are already going over the speed limit when authorities first see them. The sheriff suspects that may be what is happening in this crash.

“The driver must have been speeding, the accident was right on a sharp turn and it looks like he just lost control,” the sheriff told Breitbart. He believes smugglers leave the border area at high speeds hoping to avoid detection by authorities and get away as quickly as possible.

The unidentified driver is linked to a passenger in the vehicle, who is an immigrant who recently crossed the Rio Grande illegally. Because of this, Coe says the migrants may have been provided with the vehicle by traffickers or procured it themselves. That matter, he says, will be determined as the crash investigation progresses.

Sheriff Coe told Breitbart that law enforcement in his county has intercepted multiple cases of immigrant smuggling every day.

“At 2523 Farm to Market Road out of Brackettville, we saw 53 loads of contraband in just seven days,” he said. “The potential for more people-trafficking-related deaths will worsen.”

The fatal accident is the second involving migrants in the area in four days. On Wednesday, a vehicle authorities spotted driving erratically 30 miles away near Uvalde, Texas, killed two and injured 10 others after the driver collided with a semi-tractor trailer near the town square. A young woman, suspected of smuggling the ten migrant passengers, was killed instantly by the collision.

Residents and government officials are becoming increasingly frustrated with the border situation. In an exclusive interview with Breitbart Texas about the fatal vehicle crash in Uvalde, U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX) says the border deaths illustrated by the chaotic scene in Uvalde signal the need to return to immigration movements for those no They do not qualify for asylum and additional policy changes.

Gonzalez says residents feel abandoned by the Biden administration’s neglect of safety and security when it comes to those living along the border in Texas and elsewhere.

On Friday, the federal government’s fiscal year ended with a record number of immigration arrests. Border Patrol agents apprehended 2.2 million immigrants who illegally crossed the southwest border with Mexico, according to a source at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. In addition, unofficial figures at the end of the year show an estimate of nearly 604,000 escaped migrants.

Randy Clark is a 32-year veteran of the United States Border Patrol. Prior to his retirement, he served as the Director of Law Enforcement Operations, directing operations for nine Border Patrol stations in the Del Rio, Texas sector. Follow him on Twitter @RandyClarkBBTX.

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