15th person dies after South Texas truck crash

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Associated Press

Posted on July 24, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 24 at 5:00 PM

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Federal immigration officials say a 15th person involved in a pickup truck crash in South Texas has died.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Greg Palmore said Tuesday that another man died following the crash on a rural highway about 90 miles southeast of San Antonio Sunday evening. That means 12 men were killed. Three females, including to juveniles, also died.

Texas Department of Public Safety officials say 23 suspected illegal immigrants were travelling toward Houston when their Ford F-250 pickup truck veered off the highway and hit trees. The likely cause of the wreck was separation on the front right tire.

Eight people remain hospitalized.

The deceased are from Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala.

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