Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Two of 4 hurt in multi-fatal I-70 van crash released from hospital
Human smuggling? » Four dead in last Friday’s accident involving undocumented immigrants.
First Published May 19 2014 01:01 pm • Last Updated May 19 2014 08:04 pm

Two of four men injured in last week’s multiple fatality crash of a van carrying undocumented immigrants on Interstate 70 had been released from hospitals as of Monday.

Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce two other men remained hospitalized in serious condition from the crash last Friday in Grand County, near the Utah-Colorado border, that killed four other men.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

The status of the two released from the hospital was not immediately clear. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency was investigating the incident, but ICE officials did not immediately return inquiries Monday about the case.

Royce said the van’s lone female occupant remained at large, having fled the scene of the 4:30 a.m. Friday near mile marker 198, about 34 miles west of the Utah-Colorado line on eastbound I-70.

Efforts continued to confirm the identities of the dead, as well as survivors of the crash. No new information was available as of Monday.

The van was suspected of being part of a human trafficking operation. Secondary, rural highways are favored by so-called "coyotes," who specialize in sneaking workers from south of the border into the United States.

On Oct. 11, 2005, a van carrying 15 people — including 14 who allegedly had entered the country illegally — rolled near Moab. Two passengers were killed.

Three years later, Raul Ramirez-Becerra, then 27, pleaded guilty to a charge of transporting undocumented immigrants resulting in death and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison.

remims@sltrib.com

Twitter: @remims


story continues below



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.