At least 14 people were killed when a pickup truck crammed with 23 passengers slammed into two trees in rural South Texas Sunday night.That's a higher death toll than what we saw in the mass murder in Colorado. And yet the story mostly gets crickets. There's more:
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the victims, who included two children, were from Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico. An ICE spokesman added that they were "alleged as being in the country illegally."
Migrants often pay thousands of dollars to be smuggled into the U.S.Had you heard about the earlier crashes? I don't recall hearing about either of them. These are stories that don't get a lot of attention, but think about the human toll -- 3 crashes with 27 people dead. You'd think that this sort of thing would be more newsworthy than it apparently is. So why do you suppose that is the case?
Eleven passengers, including two girls, died upon impact in the Goliad accident; another three died at the hospital, officials said.
Earlier this year, a sport-utility vehicle carrying 10 immigrants crashed as it fled the U.S. Border Patrol near Casa Grande, Ariz. Four of them died and six more were injured. The driver, an American citizen, was charged with murder.
In another accident in South Texas in April, a van filled with immigrants overturned, killing nine of its passengers. The immigrants were part of a larger group that was being held at a "stash" house in Mission, Texas, near the Mexican border.