Truck carrying immigrants falls off Texas cliff

AP News
Posted: Nov 25, 2009 3:22 PM

Authorities say a truck carrying illegal immigrants from Guatemala and Mexico has plummeted more than 40 feet off a cliff in southwest Texas. All 18 aboard were injured.

The pickup truck went off the road near Alice on Tuesday afternoon and fell into a gravel pit. Alice is about 40 miles west of Corpus Christi.

Eleven people remain hospitalized Wednesday. The others injured have been treated and released to Border Patrol custody.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Leticia Zamarripa says the driver has been charged with illegal immigrant smuggling involving death or serious injury. She did not know whether the driver, Patricio Rebollar, was among those still hospitalized.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the accident.