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7 people detained after after 2-car wreck

By Jessica Priest
May 16, 2014 at 12:16 a.m.
Updated May 17, 2014 at 12:17 a.m.


Several people that police suspect of entering the county illegally are in custody after a two-vehicle crash Friday morning.

A white, rented Chevrolet Traverse was traveling south on the U.S. Highway 59 access road and ran a stop sign, hitting a brown Toyota car that was northbound on state Highway 185 about 7:08 a.m., said Rick Soto, a senior patrol officer with the Victoria Police Department.

Seven people were in the Traverse. The driver, Carol Rusk, 50, of Arizona, isa U.S. citizen. The six other occupants in the Traverse are suspected of entering the country illegally and fled the wreck scene.

One of the six was treated by the Victoria Fire Department for injuries.

At least five were found about 15 minutes later by Victoria Sheriff's deputies, who held them until U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrived, Soto said.

Rusk was not injured in the wreck.

Leonardo Flores, of Victoria, and his three children were in the Toyota. Flores was not injured, but his children, whose names have not been released, were taken by ambulance to DeTar Hospital Navarro with minor injuries, Soto said.

Soto did not issue any citations. He said Rusk was not arrested for transporting people illegally because "there was not enough evidence for us to prove it."

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