Eight lives were lost when a car, believed to be involved in human smuggling, crashed into another car on a Texas road this Wednesday, according to the police.
This tragedy happened while the driver, coming from Houston in a Honda, was trying to dodge the police from Zavala County, shared a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson online.
The Honda’s driver overtook an 18-wheeler in a no-overtake spot on U.S. 57 near Batesville and crashed straight into a Chevy SUV. This accident took the lives of the Chevy’s driver and a passenger, as Lt. Chris Olivarez reported. They turned out to be Jose Lerma, 67, and Isabel Lerma, 65, from Dalton, Georgia.
The Texas Department of Public Safety announced, “As a result, the driver, 21, and five passengers from the Honda were killed.”
Pictures from the crash site reveal both cars completely wrecked and burned.
The names of the other people who died won’t be shared until their families are told. Olivarez mentioned that some of the victims came from Honduras.
The Honduran Foreign Ministry told CBS News they’re talking with the Zavala County sheriff to find out more about the accident.