McALLEN, Texas (AP) -- State authorities believe that a pickup truck's front right tire came apart, likely causing the vehicle to veer off a rural highway and crash in South Texas, killing 14 suspected illegal immigrants.
Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Gerald Bryant said Tuesday that a preliminary investigation indicates layers of the tire had separated.
Bryant would not say if the tire was old and worn, nor if the separation was a manufacturing issue. He did not name the tire brand.
The truck packed with 23 people crashed Sunday evening near Goliad, about 90 miles southeast of San Antonio. Nine remain hospitalized.
Investigators are working to identify the victims who they say are from Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala