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Death toll in Texas truck crash rises to 15

07-25-2012 07:45 BJT

HOUSTON, July 24 (Xinhua) -- A man who was injured in a weekend truck crash in southern Texas died Tuesday, bringing the total death toll from the crash to 15, U.S. media reported.

Eleven people including two girls died at the scene. Four more died later in hospital, ABC news reported.

Authorities believed the pickup truck's front tire that had apparently come apart was likely the cause of the crash Sunday night on a rural highway near Goliad, about 90 miles southeast of San Antonio.

"More than likely the crash was caused by front right tire separation," Gerald Bryant, spokesman of the Texas Department of Public Safety, was quoted as saying.

The driver of the truck, identified as 22-year-old Ricardo Mendoza-Pineda from Mexico, died in the crash. Investigators were trying to identify other victims, who were reportedly from Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala.

The Mexican Consulate in San Antonio confirmed Monday that a 22- year-old man from Tamaulipas, which borders Texas, was among the dead. The Guatemalan government said in a statement that at least two Guatemalans died in the accident.

Twenty-three people, all suspected to be illegal immigrants, were in the white 2000 Ford F-250 pickup truck when the vehicle crashed into trees along a highway around 7 p.m. Sunday near Berclair in Goliad County, some 80 miles south of San Antonio. The pickup veered off the road and hit two large trees on the right side, officials said. No other vehicles were involve in the accident.

It's the second major road accident in Texas that involves illegal immigrants in three months. In April, nine suspected illegal immigrants were reportedly killed when a mini-van rolled over while being chased by U.S. agents near the border with Mexico in Palmview.

 

Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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