Three injured in pair of morning accidents

April 25, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

A U.S. Border Patrol agent and two suspected undocument immigrants sustained minor injuries in two separate traffic collisions this morning in the Imperial and Calexico areas.

A sport-utility vehicle transporting about 20 suspected undocumented immigrants overturned near Imperial this morning, injuring two people.

The accident happened around 5:45 a.m. when the SUV, traveling east on Wienert Road, attempted to turn north onto Forrester Road, according to a California Highway Patrol press release.

The vehicle overturned in the intersection, the release states.

Approximately 20 Asian and Mexican nationals were on board. Two people in the SUV were transported to El Centro Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, including abrasions, the release states.

Those occupants not transported to the hospital were taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents, the release states.

In a separate accident, Border Patrol Agent Jose Acosta, 39, of Calexico was northbound on Pullman Road west of Calexico at 3:40 a.m.


According to a CHP press release, Acosta was traveling at 40-45 mph trying to get in front of a stolen pickup on Drew Road that was being trailed by several Border Patrol agents.

Acosta looked over to Drew Road where the stolen vehicle was traveling and failed to notice a curve in the roadway, the release states.

Acosta, driving a Border Patrol SUV, went off the roadway and into a dirt drainage ditch.

He was transported to El Centro hospital with minor injuries.

Staff Writer Kelly Grant can be reached at 337-3441.

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