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Overloaded van carrying migrants crashes on remote South Texas highway, 10 died

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At least ten people died and many other injured after an overloaded van carrying 29 migrants crashed on a remote South Texas highway.

The incident occurred on U.S. 281 in Encino, Texas, about 50 miles (80 kilometres) north of McAllen. Sgt. Nathan Brandley of the Texas Department of Public Safety says the van, designed to hold 15 passengers, was speeding as the driver tried to veer off the highway onto Business Route 281. He lost control of the top-heavy van, which slammed into a metal utility pole and a stop sign.

Martinez said he believed all of the passengers were migrants. Brandley said the death toll was initially announced as 11 but was later revised. He also said the 20 who survived the initial crash all have serious to critical injuries.

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