Bus Accident Closes Stretch of Highway 77
Fri, 15 Nov 2013 00:30:00 GMT —
A major accident involving a bus transporting dozens of immigration detainees closed down a stretch of southbound Highway 77 just outside Harlingen.
Texas Department of Publice Safety (DPS) state troopers told Action 4 News that the accident happened just near the Primera Road exit just before 2 a.m. Thursday.
Investigators said the bus was traveling south when the bus hit two guard rails and then veered across the road, hit a cement barrier and flipped over.
The bus, which is operated by a private transport company named LCS, was carrying a total of 42 people, including two bus drivers and 40 illegal immigrant men from El Salvador.
All 42 people were taken to local hospitals for injuries, which were mostly reported as minor.
Authorities temporarily shutdown southbound Highway 77 from the Combes city limits to just south of Primera Road closed while crews cleared the scene.
U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials said the bus was heading to the Valley International Airport in Harlingen to deport the immigrants on a chartered flight to El Salvador.
ICE officials reported that the immigrants were released from the hospital and are now back in federal custody.
U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement Statement
A contract bus transporting 40 ICE detainees from El Salvador was involved in a vehicle accident near Harlingen, Texas this morning. All 40 detainees and the two bus drivers were taken to local hospitals and have been medically released. The bus transporting the detainees was traveling from the Brooks County Detention Center to Harlingen, Texas. The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the accident.