VAN HORN, Texas — Eleven people were injured, two of them seriously, in a Thursday morning rollover crash near Van Horn involving a U.S. Border Patrol van being driven by an agent who was transporting detained migrants.
Officials said the van was run off the road along Interstate 10 westbound near mile marker 143, which is about 2 miles east of Van Horn in Culberson County and roughly 115 miles southeast of El Paso.
Traffic was detoured off I-10 to a frontage road throughout the morning while state troopers investigated the crash.
Customs and Border Protection spokesman Greg Davis said the van was in a passing lane near a rest area about 7:30 a.m. when a semi-trailer truck pulled in front of it, forcing it from the road and rolling it.
State troopers said a border agent and ten migrant passengers were hurt in the rollover.
The agent at the wheel and one passenger were airlifted to an El Paso hospital, Davis said. The others hurt were taken by ambulance to area hospitals, according to state troopers who indicated that none of injuries appeared to be life-threatening.
Davis said the truck driver was cited by troopers for causing the crash. A state police crash report indicated there was reportedly a mechanical issue with the truck that caused it to fail to stay in a single lane, striking the van and overturning it in the median.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
— TxDOT El Paso (@txdotelp) June 10, 2021
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