CAMPO, Calif. (WFLA) – Nineteen people were injured during a human smuggling attempt in California when a horse trailer carrying immigrants flipped over.
The crash happened on an interstate east of San Diego Saturday.
According to witnesses, the truck pulling the horse trailer fish-tailed side to side. When the driver lost control, the trailer detached and flipped onto its side.
When first responders showed up to the scene, they found the trailer empty. Authorities say several people ran away when the trailer crashed and tried to hide in the rocks and brush, despite their injuries.
“The difficulty is you have individuals that have been involved in an accident, a rollover accident, and when they fled the scene, they don’t want to be found,” California Fire Battalion Chief Kurt Zingheim said.
One man was found deep in a canyon and was rescued by a sheriff’s office helicopter.
“When you have patients that are hiding in rugged terrain, it takes a while for an organized search to locate them,” Zingheim said.
Four men and two women ended up in the hospital.
US Border Patrol agents took the rest of the individuals into custody at the scene.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing.