UPDATE: State troopers on Friday said two teenage girls from California died when the SUV they were riding in rear-ended a semi-truck along I-10 about six miles west of Sierra Blanca.
The victims were identified as 16-year-old Sophia Aslanian and 19-year-old Emma Aslanian, both of Los Angeles. Their father, 43-year-old Robert Aslanian, was hospitalized at El Paso’s Del Sol Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
Investigators said the deadly crash occurred as the two vehicles were approaching a Border Patrol checkpoint; the truck driver was not injured.
ORIGINAL REPORT: SIERRA BLANCA, Texas — Two people were killed in a traffic crash Thursday afternoon near the Sierra Blanca Border Patrol checkpoint in Hudspeth County, authorities said.
It happened on Interstate 10 eastbound near mile marker 102 about 2:45 p.m.
A Border Patrol spokesman said agents tried to render aid immediately after the crash occurred, but were unable to save the two victims.
No other details about the crash were immediately available.
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