42 Illegal Immigrants Involved in Four Rollovers

Gary Gerhardt, Rocky Mountain News (Denver), March 21, 2006

Immigration officials and the Colorado State Patrol are investigating four crashes in eastern Colorado this morning, involving vehicles loaded with a total 42 suspected illegal immigrants.

At the same time, 31 other suspected illegal immigrants have been stopped in vans on the West Slope today.

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—Sixteen people were in a 1995 Ford Econoline van that rolled at 6:35 a.m. on Colorado 6 near the junction of I-76 near Brush.

—A Chevrolet Suburban with 10 people on board rolled on an overpass at 7:11 a.m. on I-70 near Seibert.

—Four people in a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban escaped serious injury when they crashed on I-76 near Brush at 8:03 a.m.

—Twelve people were in a 1998 GMC van that rolled on I-76 near Brush at 8:19 a.m. There were no injuries.

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Watkins also reported that state troopers stopped two other vehicles this morning on the West Slope.

The first was a 7:54 a.m. when troopers pulled over a Chevrolet Astro van for a traffic violation that was eastbound on I-70 near Glenwood Springs. There were 20 suspected illegal immigrants in the van.

The next was an hour later when they pulled over another Astro van that was eastbound on I-70 near Wolcott with 11 suspected illegal immigrants in the vehicle.

The incidents come a day after a vehicle carrying 17 suspected illegal immigrants overturned on I-70 a mile east of Byers. There were no injuries.

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