Eight people, including smugglers and suspected migrants, were killed in an incident near Batesville

Eight people, including smugglers and suspected migrants, were killed in an incident near Batesville

ZAVALA COUNTY, Texas — The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating after eight people were killed in a crash Fatal collision between two cars on U.S. Highway 57 near Batesville.

DPS says the driver of a Honda coming from Houston is suspected of human smuggling.

Authorities say the Honda driver was evading arrest from the Zavala County Sheriff’s Office when the driver passed an 18-wheeler in a restricted area.

The driver then crashed head-on into the Chevy SUV, causing the SUV to catch fire, killing the driver and passenger, who were from Georgia, DPS says.

DPS identified 67-year-old Jose Lerma and 65-year-old Isabel Lerma of Georgia as the occupants of the Chevy SUV.

Authorities say five passengers in the Honda, including the suspected smuggler, were killed. Eight people died in the accident.

According to DPS, the driver of the white Honda was identified as 17-year-old Luiz Alfredo Mencias Escobar.

DPS confirmed that many of the deceased were from Honduras.

Authorities say identities will be released once next of kin are notified.

Authorities say U.S. Highway 57 was closed for a few hours and reopened around 11:30 a.m.

DPS says this is an ongoing investigation.

Meanwhile, a verified GoFundMe has been set up to cover funeral expenses for Isabel and Jose Lerma. Click here for a GoFundMe.

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