DONNA, Texas (AP) - Authorities say four people died and seven remain hospitalized after a van carrying suspected illegal immigrants crashed in South Texas.
Border Patrol spokesman Henry Mendiola says agents saw the van load up Sunday morning near the Rio Grande. When the van spotted a Border Patrol vehicle, it took off fast, before the agent could engage it.
Mendiola says the minivan wrecked off in a sugarcane field south of Donna. He says the victims were from Honduras and El Salvador. Five remain hospitalized in stable condition in area hospitals.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations is leading the probe into the human smuggling operation. Spokeswoman Adelina Pruneda says two survivors were transferred to San Antonio with severe injuries. Special agents were waiting to interview the survivors.