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Two survivors of Goliad crash released from hospital

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
July 26, 2012 at 2:26 a.m.
Updated July 27, 2012 at 2:27 a.m.


Two people involved in Sunday's one-vehicle wreck in Goliad County that killed 15 illegal immigrants and injured eight, have been released from the hospital.

Gregory Palmore, of the Office of Public Affairs-U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, confirmed Thursday that a Guatemalan man was taken into custody by ICE officials after being released from DeTar Hospital Navarro.

A Guatemalan boy was also released from a San Antonio hospital and placed in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Palmore said he does not think the two are related.

Both are among eight remaining survivors involved in Sunday's wreck, which occurred about 6:30 p.m. three miles south of Farm-to-Market Road 1351.

The vehicle the two were riding in, a 2000 Ford F-250 extended-cab pickup, driven by Mexican citizen Ricardo Mendoza-Pineda, 22, was carrying 22 Guatemalan and Honduran nationals north on U.S. Highway 59.

The truck's front right tire de-treaded and struck a tree about 6:30 p.m. Eleven died at the scene and four more died in area hospitals in the days following the wreck.

As of Thursday, 15 have been identified, seven of whom are alive and eight are dead, said Department of Public Safety Sgt. Jonathon Christian. Only one remaining survivor has not been identified.

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