Border Patrol: Teen driver causes rollover accident during human smuggling attempt

Border Patrol Certified Emergency Medical Technicians treat undocumented immigrants following a rollover accident in Mission. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

A teen is now free from custody after a rollover accident during a human smuggling attempt in Hidalgo County.

On Wednesday, Border Patrol agents responded after reports of a vehicle seen speeding near Anzalduas Park in Mission.

Border Patrol agents say when they located the vehicle, the teen driver made an abrupt maneuver that caused the vehicle to rollover, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Six undocumented immigrants who were inside the vehicle at the time of the accident were transported to a local hospital and treated for multiple injuries sustained during the crash.

Agents learned both the teen driver and the passenger, a teenage Mexican national, organized the human smuggling attempt.

Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla Jr. stated in the news release:

“It is extremely concerning to see transnational criminal organizations preying upon teenagers in our communities to become ruthless smugglers, using dangerous tactics with no regard for human life.”

Charges have not been filed against the teen driver, according to a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

All other subjects were processed accordingly, the news release states.

The agency asks the public to report all suspicious activity at 800-863-9382

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