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Truck Plummets 40-Feet Off Cliff Near Corpus Christi

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Eighteen people were injured on Tuesday, when a pickup truck transporting illegal immigrants from Guatemala to Mexico, plummeted 40 feet off a cliff in southwest Texas.

According to authorities, the truck went off the road near Alice, which is about 40 miles west of Corpus Christi, and landed in a gravel pit.

Eleven of the eighteen injured victims remain hospitalized. While the others have been treated and released to Border Patrol Custody.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Leticia Zamarripa says the driver has been charged with illegal immigrant smuggling involving death or serious injury. She did not know whether the driver, Patricio Rebollar, was among those still hospitalized.

The accident is being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety.