Exclusive: Eight Dead in Texas after Human Smuggling Pursuit Ends in Crash

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Randy Clark
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Wednesday, November 8, 2023
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A suspected migrant smuggler and seven others died after the driver’s vehicle collided with an innocent motorist near Batesville, Texas. According to a law enforcement source, the smuggler who was transporting five suspected migrants and was fleeing from Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol troopers when the accident occurred just before 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

The accident occurred on U.S. Highway 57 in Zavala County near the small farming community of Batesville — more than 50 miles from the border. According to the source, a DPS Highway Patrol trooper noted suspicious behavior by the occupants and attempted to stop the vehicle. A pursuit ensued that ended when the suspected migrant smuggler crashed into an oncoming vehicle, killing himself and . . .