Fourteen people died when a 2000 Ford F-250 pickup packed with 23 undocumented immigrants crashed in a rural area of South Texas.
With little more than photographs and fingerprints, local authorities were trying to identify 14 immigrants who were killed.
Agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations were looking into the human smuggling aspect of the case. A Texas Department of Public Safety team, meanwhile, investigated the cause of the Sunday evening crash.
Photos of the truck showed catastrophic damage to the front half of the vehicle, with the dash crushed partly into the cabin.
“They were traveling at a pretty good speed to cause the amount of damage to the vehicle that they did,” Trooper Gerald Bryant of the Texas Department of Public Safety said.
“A lot of times when illegals are transported into the United States this is a common way of them being transported…unfortunately,” said Bryant.
The accident occurred in rural Goliad County, about 90 miles southeast of San Antonio.