2 Undocumented immigrants dead after one-vehicle crash on Hwy 59
FANNIN, Texas — Texas DPS and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol are investigating a one-vehicle crash that left two undocumented immigrants dead.
DPS responded to the wreck at 7:43 Wednesday evening on Highway 59 near Fannin. DPS Spokesperson Sgt. Ruben San Miguel said a 2003 Chevy Tahoe was traveling northbound on Highway 59 when, for reasons still under investigation, the car drifted and overturned multiple times before coming to a rest upside down in the grass on the southbound side of the roadway.
A rear passenger was found dead when DPS got to the scene. Sgt. San Miguel said he is a Mexican national, but they are not releasing his name until they are able to notify next of kin.
Another passenger died in an ambulance on the way to a hospital. His identity has not yet been confirmed. A third passenger, identified as Ricardo Dela Cruz, is also a Mexican national. Cruz admitted the group was traveling from Mexico to Houston.
Sgt. San Miguel said the car was full of items commonly found in human trafficking cases like canned foods and blankets.
Several hours after the crash, a fourth passenger was found a few miles away from the scene on foot, and taken to DeTar Hospital for minor injuries. He is identified as Gearson Adolfo Gamez Mendoza from Nicaragua.
Mendoza said there were several other people in the car that ran away after the crash. Sgt. San Miguel said they are unsure if any American citizens were involved in the attempted trafficking, or exactly how many people were in the car.
Border Patrol agents are assisting DPS with locating the remaining passengers.
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