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Undocumented immigrants injured in accident

April 09, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

Several suspected undocumented immigrants received injuries in an automobile accident Saturday.

According to a California Highway Patrol press release, Marco Antonio Salas, 30, of Michoacan, Mexico was driving a van with 12 suspected illegal immigrants inside.

The press release states Salas was traveling north on Highway 86 about 11 p.m. as Elias Reyes, 24, of Bakersfield was heading south on the highway in a tractor-trailer rig. Reyes was attempting to turn east onto Bannister Road when the vehicles collided.

The van rolled and ejected several passengers.

Ignacio Gonzalez, 28, of the state of Michoacan received lacerations to his head and legs. Alejandro Escalante of Mexico was found unconscious. An unidentified 32-year-old man, of Mexico received head trauma. All were taken to Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

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A Pioneers spokesman said the three men were not on the hospital's database, which means they were treated and released or were transferred to another hospital.

Refugio Jacinto, 32 of Guerrero received a left femur fracture. Antonio Rosas, 20, of Guanajuato received major injuries to his back. Jacinto and Rosas were taken to El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Information on their conditions was not available this morning.

Salas was trapped in the van.

Imperial County Fire Department firefighters used the "Jaws of Life" to extricate him.

Salas had broken left and right femurs. He was taken to Pioneers. Information on his condition was not available.

The other seven immigrants received minor injuries and all were taken to El Centro Regional.

Information on conditions of those in the van was not available today.

None of the immigrants was wearing a seat belt.

Reyes had no injuries.

The accident is still under investigation.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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