A second car crash involving 19 suspected illegal immigrants happened at approximately the same time and place as a mass casualty accident that resulted in the deaths of at least 13 people, all of whom are believed to have entered America illegally.
The two separate events took place Tuesday morning as two SUVs entered a 10-foot hole that was cut in an old section of the border fence between the U.S. and Mexico.
The first accident involved a Ford Expedition filled with 25 people that collided with a large tractor-trailer. Twelve people died instantly and another individual died later at the hospital.
The second crash was with a Chevy Suburban that was found engulfed in flames on the U.S. side of the border with 19 people hiding in nearby bushes. Federal law enforcement officials have determined "they had entered the country illegally through the breach in the border fence."
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has opened up a human smuggling investigation.