RAW VIDEO Nine Illegal Immigrants Killed in Palmview Accident
Wed, 11 Apr 2012 05:20:00 GMT —
Emergency responders rush to the scene of a major accident in Palmview Tuesday night.
At least nine people are reported dead, and police believe the death toll is expected to rise.
The accident happened just after 10:35 p.m. on Minnesota Road heading east bound on Expressway 83 frontage road.
One man who witnessed the crash told Action 4 News once the van lost control bodies just started flying out of the van.
Sources told Action 4 News the U.S. Border Patrol and Palmview Police were conducting a routine traffic stop on Green Road when the driver of a van suddenly took off.
The eyewitness told Action 4 News the unidentified driver sped off swerving, narrowly missing vehicles on the frontage road.
The driver then reportedly slammed into a ramp on the frontage road, a trashcan and reportedly flipped three times.
Palmview Police Investigator Lenny Sanchez said 20 people were inside the van at the time of the crash.
At midnight, at least 9 were reported dead and at least one person was detained.
At least six others were taken to a local hospital including two critically injured.
Police confirm at least three survived, but managed to get away.
Palmview police told Action 4 News they have shut down portion of Expressway 83 and the frontage road in effort to reconstruct the accident.
The fatal accident happened one day after a fatal rollover accident that left one illegal immigrant dead and several injured in La Joya.