Eight Dead as Car Strikes People in Texas Border Town
A horrific incident unfolded in Brownsville, Texas, as a car plowed through a crowd of people, leaving eight dead and several injured. The incident occurred on Monday evening, near the intersection of Elizabeth Street and East 13th Street. The driver, who has been taken into custody, is believed to have been intoxicated.
According to eyewitnesses, the car was speeding down Elizabeth Street, when it suddenly veered off the road and plowed into a group of people who were standing on the sidewalk. The car then crashed into a nearby storefront. Several victims were pinned under the car, and emergency crews had to use hydraulic rescue tools to extract them.
“I heard a loud noise, and I turned around and saw the car coming straight at us,” said Juanita Martinez, who was standing with a group of friends near the site of the incident. “We tried to get out of the way, but it happened so fast. People were screaming and crying. It was chaos.”
The incident has shocked the Brownsville community, which has come together to mourn the victims and support their families. A candlelight vigil was held on Tuesday evening, where hundreds of people gathered to pay their respects.
“We are devastated by this tragedy, and our hearts go out to the families of the victims,” said Brownsville Mayor Trey Mendez. “As a community, we will come together to support each other during this difficult time. We will not let this senseless act of violence define us.”
The investigation into the incident is ongoing, and authorities have not released the names of the victims or the driver. However, preliminary reports suggest that the driver may have been intoxicated at the time of the crash.
“We believe that alcohol was a factor in this incident, but we are still investigating to determine the precise cause,” said Brownsville Police Chief Felix Sauceda. “We will do everything in our power to bring justice for the victims and their families.”