Border Patrol agent, 2 others dead after a collision with a hog

UVALDE, Texas – A U.S. Border Patrol agent and two other people who died after a sport utility vehicle collided with a wild hog in the Southwest of Texas, authorities said.

The accident happened late Monday on a rural road in the vicinity of Uvalde, about 110 miles (177 kilometers southwest of San Antonio. Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Conrad Hein said Tuesday that a preliminary investigation indicates a Ford Expedition collided with the hog, causing the vehicle to swerve into oncoming traffic and hit a Mercedes SUV head on.

The Expedition’s driver, a 51-year-old Ruby Garza, and the driver of the Mercedes, a 27-year-old Antonio Cordova, were pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the Expedition, the 51-year-old Julia Vasquez, died later in a hospital.

Border Patrol officials in Del Rio, Texas, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Cordova was a Border Patrol agent and was on his way home after finishing a shift at the station in Uvalde.

Two other people who also were passengers in the Expedition were injured, but Hein said he had no details about them or their conditions.

It was not immediately clear what happened to the pig. Both vehicles were fully engulfed in flames, Hein said.

Texas has a growing hog population that causes millions of dollars in damage to crops each year. In the whole country, wild hogs do more than $1.5 billion per year in damage. They damage the crops and hay fields and can spread dozens of diseases.

Scientists test poison bait made of a preservative that is used to cure the bacon and sausage as a way to take control of the pigs. Testing will begin in 2018 in West Texas and remain in the centre of Alabama at midsummer.

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