Fatal Rollover in Brooks County
Smuggling attempt leaves one dead, others injured

A pickup truck loaded down with 12 illegal immigrants crashes in Brooks County killing one of those immigrants. It happened just before 2 o'clock this afternoon on Brooks County Road 307. That's about 11 miles south of the Falfurrias checkpoint. We're told that county road is a favorite of immigrant smugglers as they try to bypass that checkpoint. The Department of Public Safety says that the driver of the truck was traveling at a high rate of speed and lost control. That sent the vehicle into a ditch where it rolled several times. The driver ran from the scene leaving the 12 immigrants behind. Several managed to get to a nearby highway and flag down a driver who called 9-1-1. A 20 year old man was pronounced dead at the scene. 7 others were taken to local hospitals. The four remaining immigrants are now in the custody of Border Patrol.
Story Created: Oct 28, 2007 at 10:53 PM CDT