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Texas: 7 dead after car runs into pedestrians in Brownsville

May 7, 2023

Police said a suspect was in custody after a vehicle hit a group of people waiting at a bus stop near a facility housing migrants. The cause for the incident was not immediately clear.

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A damaged vehicle sits at the site of a deadly collision near a bus stop in Brownsville, Texas
The car allegedly run the red light before moving towards the bus stopImage: Brian Svendsen/dpa/picture alliance

Seven people died and at least six others were injured on Sunday after a vehicle hit people at a bus stop in the Texas border city of Brownsville, police said. 

Police have taken a male suspect into custody.

"We are doing an investigation in forms of intoxication to see if [the suspect] was intoxicated at the time of the accident," investigator Martin Sandoval of the Brownsville Police Department was quoted as saying by US media.

Sandoval said the crash happened at 8:30 a.m. local time (1330 UTC). 

It took place near the Ozanam Center, which, according to its website, was originally attended to house political refugees from Central America and later "expended to serve anyone who needs temporary shelter." 

What we know about the victims 

Most of the victims were Venezuelan men, the AP news agency cited the Ozanam Center director Victor Maldonado as saying.

Maldonado said he reviewed the center's surveillance video after the crash. 

"What we see in the video is that this SUV, a Range Rover, just ran the light that was about a hundred feet away and just went through the people who were sitting there in the bus stop," Maldonado said.

The center is the only overnight shelter in Brownsville, according to the AP. The agency also said the center manages the release of thousands of migrants from federal custody.

"In the last two months, we've been getting 250 to 380 [migrants] a day," Maldonado said.

Brownsville is one of the Texas cities that have issued emergency declarations as the US prepares to lift COVID-era migration restrictions. The measures have blocked migrants caught at the border with Mexico from seeking asylum in the US since 2020.

Sunday's crash came just hours after Texas saw another tragedy: eight people were killed in a shooting at an outlet mall in Dallas

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fb/dj (AP, Reuters)