Authorities continue to probe Friday’s crash of a vehicle that left one dead and 10 others injured east of Benson.
The vehicle failed to yield to U.S. Border Patrol agents who’d attempted stop the vehicle on Hwy. 191 at Sheep Trail near Cochise. Cochise County Sheriff’s Office deputies rolled up on the crash in response to Border Patrol’s request for assistance, said Carol Capas, CCSO spokeswoman. The prepared statement noted the vehicle overturned off the roadway in a remote area more than two miles off Hwy. 191.
One person was dead at the scene with many passengers sustaining injuries, some critical, said Capas, noting in light of those critical injuries, the number of fatalities could potentially change in the coming days.
The 9 p.m. crash triggered a multi-agency response and required five air transports to Tucson hospitals with use of multiple medical helicopters. All patients had been transported by air or ambulance by 12:30 a.m. Saturday.
Authorities identified the driver who was transported to “a local hospital” for treatment of injuries but did not release an identity.
The crash required response from the CCSO accident reconstruction team. Homeland Securities Investigations is assisting with interviews of passengers transported to Tucson area hospitals.
CCSO detectives are continuing the investigation.
There was no other information available at press time with regard to additional fatalities, criminal charges or the nationalities of the deceased and injured passengers.