Unsuspecting truck drivers are hauling more than they bargained for, according to the U.S. Border Patrol, which recently released a statement to bring awareness to a growing problem they are facing in their fight to apprehend unauthorized immigrants.
In an attempt to get past checkpoints undetected, people have been hiding undetected in the back of air dams of unsuspecting truckers. The Border Patrol is asking semi-truck drivers to take the time to check for hiding passengers to avoid being cited.
With a majority of accidents being attributed to driver distraction, this is a troubling trend which could easily lead to an accident…
(Don’t know about common causes for big rig accidents? Read this.)
Drivers are apparently being targeted by immigrants intent on making the crossing at local area truck stops.
“When I got to the checkpoint, they told me I had two people up there, and I didn’t know about it. I was so shocked. I was so scared. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know anything about it.”Sam via Action 4 News Interview
“We don’t want anybody to die or get hurt or seriously injured,”Omar Zamora
Spokesman for the Rio Grande Valley sector of the Border Patrol stated they are seeing as many as 2-3 cases of hidden passengers each day, with as many as 5 in the last few days involving the air flow compartments in big rig trucks, and truck drivers are urged to be on the lookout for surprise passengers and report anything suspicious.
It seems only a matter of time until a tragic accident occurs involving either a confrontation or roadside collision resulting in serious injuries to the unaccounted for passengers or drivers.