A van carrying more than two dozen passengers crashed in Texas’ rural Brooks County, north of the U.S.-Mexico border, on Wednesday, killing 10 people and injuring 20 others, multiple news outlets reported.
The van — which was crammed with 30 people — lost control, swerved off a highway and hit a light post Wednesday afternoon, Brooks County Sheriff Benny Martinez told Forbes.
Some 10 people were killed including the driver, and the rest of the passengers were injured, Martinez said.
Martinez says most of the passengers are believed to be migrants.
The Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed 10 deaths to Fox News (DPS did not respond to multiple requests for comment from Forbes).
Brooks County is a sparsely populated territory with just over 7,000 residents spread across nearly 1,000 square miles. It’s located 50 miles north of the Rio Grande Valley, which has experienced a rapid uptick in migrant arrests along the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months. Many migrants travel through Brooks County on their way to the country’s interior, often on foot, a treacherous path that’s led to scores of deaths in recent years.
About five months ago, a Ford Expedition with 25 passengers crashed in southern California, killing 13 people. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said all of the deceased passengers are believed to have entered the United States illegally, and suggested the overcrowded van was tied to a human smuggling operation.