Seven people waiting at a bus stop in a Texas border city were killed and a dozen more were injured early Sunday when a vehicle rammed into them, officials said.
The victims were at a stop located near a Catholic Charities facility in Brownsville when they were struck, a senior law enforcement official told NBC News.
A senior law enforcement official initially said that authorities believed it was an intentional act. The official later said it’s not clear if it was intentional, and that the investigation into the motive is ongoing.
Eleven people injured in the 8:30 a.m. crash were taken by ambulance to local hospitals for treatment, the Brownsville Fire Department said on its official Facebook page.
One of the injured was airlifted to Valley Baptist Medical Center in nearly Harlingen, the department said.
Lt. Martin Sandoval of the Brownsville Police Department said the driver had been arrested and charged with reckless driving. He said more charges will likely be filed.
Brownsville is one of the border cities that is already seeing a surge in migrants attempting to cross into the United States from Mexico ahead of the lifting of the Title 42 immigration program, which ends on May 11.
Imposed in the last year of the Trump administration, the Covid ban has turned migrants back to Mexico more than 2.5 million times since it went into effect in March 2020.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.