10 killed, 20 injured in Texas crash of overloaded van carrying migrants

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Van designed to hold 15 was top-heavy and tipped when driver lost control. An overloaded van carrying 29 migrants crashed Wednesday on a remote South Texas highway, killing at least 10 people, including the driver, and injuring 20 others, authorities said. The crash happened shortly after 4 p.m. local time Wednesday on U.S. 281 in Encino, Texas, about 80 kilometres north of McAllen. Sgt. Nathan Brandley of the Texas Department of Public Safety says the van, designed to hold 15 passengers, was speeding as the driver tried to veer off the highway onto Business Route 281. He lost control of the top-heavy van, which slammed into a metal utility pole and a stop sign. The van was not being pursued, said Brooks County Sheriff Urbino Martinez. Martinez said he believed all of the passengers were migrants. Brandley said the death toll was initially announced as 11 but was later revised. He also said the 20 who survived the initial crash all have serious to critical injuries.

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