13 killed in truck crash in Texas

July 23, 2012 10:41 pm 

HOUSTON, July 23 — Authorities are investigating a weekend truck crash that killed 13 people and injured 10 others on a rural highway in the U.S. state of Texas, local media reported Monday.

Twenty-three people, all suspectedly illegal immigrants, were in a white 2000 Ford F-250 pickup truck when it crashed into trees along a highway on Sunday evening near Berclair in Goliad County, some 80 miles (128 km) south of San Antonio, Texas Department of Public Senior Trooper Gerald Bryant was quoted by local TV channel ABC13 as saying.

The pickup veered off the road and hit two large trees on the right side, officials said, adding the dead included at least two children.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

The injured had been taken to hospitals in Victoria, Corpus Christi and San Antonio.

Investigators were planning to question the driver who survived the crash, according to ABC13.

The roadway was blocked for hours after the crash due to an investigation into the accident.

In April, nine suspected illegal immigrants were killed when a minivan rolled over while being chased by U.S. agents near the Texas border with Mexico in Palmview. (PNA/Xinhua) CTB/rsm

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