Posted: Oct 5, 2012 12:25 PM
Updated: Oct 5, 2012 5:40 PM
FALFURRIAS - A human smuggling attempt goes terribly wrong and lands eight people in the hospital.
It happened this morning around 5am on US Highway 281 about nine miles of Falfurrias.
The Department of Public Safety says an alleged smuggler was speeding to pick up about 15 illegal immigrants when he lost control of his truck and slammed into the group that was waiting on the side of the road.
Eight people were taken to hospitals in Corpus Christi, as well as McAllen, Alice, and Kingsville. Three of them were flown by Halo Flight. None of the injuries was life threatening.
It's unclear if the truck driver was among those who are hurt. The immigrants are from Honduras and Guatemala.
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