10 dead, scores injured after van flipped over in Encino

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10 dead, scores injured after van flipped over in Encino

No fewer than ten persons have being confirmed dead and twenty injured after crash on U.S. Highway 281 near Encino south of Falfurrias in Brooks County.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Nathan Brandley, a van carrying about 30 people flipped over in Encino Wednesday at about  3:21 p.m.

The driver of the 15-passenger Ford van attempted to turn right at an unsafe speed when he veered off Highway 281, striking a utility pole and a stop sign. Brandley added.

The driver and nine passengers were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash while 20 others were rushed to several area medical centers.

Most of the victims of the crash were undocumented immigrants, according to Brandley and Brooks County Sheriff Benny Martinez.

Authorities say the van was not involved in a pursuit prior to the crash.

Investigation into the crash is ongoing by the DPS assisted by  Brooks County Sheriff’s Office.