Several killed after car hits crowd outside Texas migrant shelter

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Texas: Seven people were killed and up to six were injured on Sunday after they were struck by a vehicle while waiting at a city bus stop outside of a migrant shelter in the border city of Brownsville, Texas, police said.

Brownsville police investigator Martin Sandoval said the crash happened about 8:30am local time.

Shelter director Victor Maldonado of the Bishop Enrique San Pedro Ozanam Centre said he reviewed the shelter’s surveillance video on Sunday morning after receiving a call about the crash.

A damaged vehicle sits at the site of a deadly collision near a bus stop in Brownsville, Texas.Credit:

The city bus stop is across the street from the shelter and is not marked. There was no bench, and people waiting there were sitting along the curb, Maldonado said. He said most of the victims were Venezuelan men.

“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 Ozanam shelter is the only overnight shelter in the city of Brownsville and manages the release of thousands of migrants from federal custody.

While the shelter offers migrants transportation during the week, they are also free to use the city’s public transportation.

“Some of them were on the way to the bus station, because they were on their way to their destination,” the director said.


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