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8 dead as car strikes people in Texas border town

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Published May 8, 2023
8 dead as car strikes people in Texas border town

USA News: Eight people have been killed in the US state of Texas after a car struck a group at a bus stop close to a shelter for the homeless and migrants, reports BBC.

The incident happened in the city of Brownsville near the Mexican border at about 08:30 local time (14:30 GMT).

At least five other people have been injured, some of them critically.

The driver has been arrested and charged. Brownsville police say it is not clear whether the incident was intentional.

Earlier US media reports quoted police as saying it appeared to be a deliberate attack.

The director of the nearby Bishop Enrique San Pedro Ozanam Center, Victor Maldonado, told the BBC World Service’s Newshour programme that surveillance footage showed an SUV running a red light and approaching the bus stop at speed.

The vehicle then hit the curb and flew about 200ft (60m) – hitting those in its path.

Mr Maldonado said that roughly half-an-hour before the incident, a group of around 20 people who had been staying at the centre left and walked over to wait at the bus stop. He earlier told the Associated Press that most of the victims were Venezuelan men.

Some had been intending to catch a local bus downtown to link up with other buses heading to different parts of the US, for which they already had tickets.

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