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Rollover on I-10 Results in Apprehension of 5 Mexican Nationals and 2 U.S. Citizens

Release Date: 
May 1, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz. – Willcox Border Patrol agents witnessed a rollover accident Wednesday morning on Interstate 10 near mile post 322 and, while providing aide, discovered the vehicle was involved in smuggling humans.

Agents were travelling west on I-10 when they observed a dust cloud and noticed a white pickup truck upside down. The agents turned around to provide immediate aide and called for additional assistance from both Border Patrol and local emergency medical technicians.

Agents rendered aid to several people who were involved in a single vehicle rollover. Five of them turned out to be in the country illegally.
Agents rendered aid to several people
who were involved in a single vehicle
rollover. Five of them turned out to be
in the country illegally.

Once on scene, agents found seven individuals had been traveling in the truck. While rendering aid, agents learned that five of the occupants were Mexican nationals illegally present in the United States and two were United States citizens.

Medical personnel assessed the five Mexican nationals on scene but only one required further evaluation at a hospital. The two male U.S. citizens asked to also be taken to a hospital for further evaluation.

Agents seized the truck and arrested the Mexican nationals, who will be processed in accordance with Tucson Sector guidelines. The two U.S. citizens, however, face prosecution for smuggling.

Last modified: 
May 2, 2017