A Chevrolet pickup truck loaded with 15 illegal aliens was stopped by a barrier fence when they attempted to enter Naval Air Station (NAS) Kingsville on Thursday. The barrier fence stopped the vehicle and prevented the illegal entry into the Naval facility.
On Thursday evening, about 8 p.m., the truck loaded down beyond capacity with suspected illegal aliens drove past the initial gate at the Kingsville NAS. Kingsville is located about 125 miles north of the Texas/Mexico border in Brownsville just off Highway 77.
After they vehicle charged past the initial security point, Navy security guards initiated what is known as a “final defense barrier,” a NAS Kingsville public information officer posted on Facebook. This device is a combination of steel cables and rubberized posts that will stop, nearly instantly, a vehicle attempting to make an illegal entry. It is designed with the capability to stop a semi-trailer truck at high speed, Navy officials report.
Extensive damage was done to the pickup truck and at least six of the passengers were injured. The injured passengers were taken to a local hospital where one of the injured was airlifted to nearby Corpus Christi.
Passengers were both male and female. Initially, KIII TV3 in Corpus Christi reported that 3 female passengers were on the run. NAS Kingsville now reports that all suspects are in custody.
Human smugglers will routinely remove the seats inside a vehicle in order to cram as many people as possible into the truck. It is not known how many people were inside the extended cab or how many were in the bed of the truck.
This is not the first time illegal aliens have attempted to illegally enter the South Texas Naval Air training base. Just over three years ago, KIII reported an incident where another truck loaded with illegal aliens made the same type of illegal entry. In this case; however, the local television station reported that 6 of the illegal aliens were killed because of the high rate of speed at which the GMC Sierra pickup was being driven.
In the earlier incident, it appears the truck was being pursued by Kingsville police. It was estimated they crashed into the barrier at about 70 miles per hour, the San Antonio Express-News reported at the time. The San Antonio paper reported that a seventh person died in that incident.
“Our gate guard did exactly what he was supposed to do. He stepped out to observe the vehicle coming in and greeted the vehicle as he normally would, but the vehicle did not stop,” NAS Public Information Officer Jon Gagne told KIII in 2013. “It went through there at a high rate of speed. He notified the inside front gate and our barrier was deployed.”
In the 2013 incident, 10 passengers were crammed into the extended truck cab while five others were in the bed of the truck.
It has not been revealed why the illegal aliens in this newest crash were attempting to enter the Naval Air Station.