Ten people have died after an overloaded pickup truck crashed into an isolated South Texas highway.
The van was carrying 29 migrants when it crashed shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday on Highway 281 in Encino, a small community about 50 miles north of McAllen.
The driver was among the dead and around 20 other passengers were injured, all seriously or seriously.
Brooks County Sheriff Urbino Martinez said the van was designed to hold just 15 passengers and accelerated and was heavy when the driver lost control and rolled over.
Sheriff Martinez said the van was not being chased by police.
The victims have not been identified as the police are still trying to inform their families.
No information has been published about the van, such as who it is.
Encino is approximately 20 miles south of the Falfurrias Border Patrol checkpoint.
Young people are often recruited to drive vehicles crowded with migrants who have paid to be smuggled into the United States, according to reports in The Dallas Morning News.
Victor Manjarrez Jr, director of the Center for Law and Human Behavior at the University of Texas at El Paso, told the newspaper that criminal groups are recruiting drivers in Texas cities and parts of Latin America.
He said drivers often seek safe passage themselves and are offered a discount if they agree to drive.
“We tell them, ‘If you get caught, it will be bad for you,'” he added.
But their young age, bad driving and speeding tickets have already resulted in accidents.
Thirteen people died in March when a semi-trailer truck struck a sport utility vehicle with 25 migrants in California.
Weeks later, eight migrants died when their truck crashed into another truck as it was chased by police nearly 30 miles north of the Texas border town of Del Rio.