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Illegal migrants lose limbs after train crash in Texas near border

EAGLE PASS, Texas – Members of a Honduran migrant family have been seriously injured after falling from a moving freight train. Three of the four family members have lost members. A Maverick County Sheriff’s Deputy stumbled upon the grizzly bear scene and summoned medical staff to assist him on Tuesday.

The arm of a 32-year-old man was severed above the right wrist after falling under a moving train. The man’s one-year-old child was injured when the wheels severed a finger. The man’s wife suffered a leg amputation. According to a border patrol report, family members were not taken into custody at the crash scene due to the seriousness of the injuries. The other child in the family was not injured.

Four independent migrants, later arrested by the border patrol, provided first aid to the family until the arrival of the police. The family was transferred to a hospital in San Antonio, Texas for advanced care.

Freight trains are notoriously hostile to stowaways. Accidents and fatalities can occur when migrants are struck, crushed by moving cargo, suffocated or overexposed. As Breitbart Texas reports, law enforcement across the southwest border regularly encounter migrants using freight trains to leave the immediate border area.

With the continued increase in the number of border crossings and the resulting burden of providing humanitarian assistance, fewer officers are available to carry out train inspections. Staffing issues prevent the border patrol from performing routine inspections of freight trains at marshalling yards. As a result, the task falls primarily on local and national law enforcement authorities.

Randy Clark
is a 32 year veteran of the United States Border Patrol. Prior to his retirement, he was Division Chief of Law Enforcement Operations, directing the operations of nine border patrol stations in the Del Rio, Texas area. Follow him on Twitter @RandyClarkBBTX.