Fatal Accident Near Batesville Claims Lives of Seven, Including Suspected Smuggler and Migrants

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is currently conducting an investigation into a tragic incident that resulted in the loss of seven lives. This devastating event took place on U.S. Highway 57, near Batesville in Zavala County. DPS troopers have confirmed that several of the deceased individuals are from Honduras.

According to reports, the incident involved a two-vehicle collision that claimed the lives of both drivers and their passengers. The driver of a Honda, who was suspected of human smuggling, was attempting to evade arrest by the Zavala County Sheriff’s Office. In a reckless attempt, the driver overtook an 18-wheeler in a no-passing zone, leading to a head-on collision with a Chevy SUV. Tragically, the impact caused the SUV to burst into flames, resulting in the deaths of the driver and passenger from Georgia.

Furthermore, the Honda passengers, including the suspected smuggler, also lost their lives in this horrific crash. In total, seven individuals lost their lives as a result of this tragic incident. The authorities have stated that they will release the identities of the deceased once their next of kin has been informed.

The aftermath of the collision led to the closure of U.S. Highway 57 for a few hours. However, the road was eventually reopened around 11:30 a.m., allowing the flow of traffic to resume. DPS has emphasized that this investigation is ongoing, as they work diligently to uncover all the details surrounding this heartbreaking incident.

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