PAWNEE COUNTY — The whereabouts of individuals who fled the scene of an injury crash in Pawnee County remain unknown as of early Tuesday morning, noted the Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office.
Pawnee County Undersheriff Larry Atteberry said the individuals are presumed to be illegal immigrants who were being transported into the state to an undetermined location. “We believe that they were last known in Edwards County,” Atteberry said. “They may be waiting on another driver to pick them up. Not much is known at this time.”
According to the PCSO, at approximately 5:15 a.m. Monday, an injury crash involving a semi-truck and an SUV occurred at the junction of U.S. 56 and U.S. 183 in the county. Information was supplied by the driver of the semi involved in the crash. Between 10-13 Hispanic individuals in the SUV fled the scene on foot. Five of the subjects were detained by the PCSO.
“They weren’t carrying any ID or electronic communications devices,” Atteberry noted. The individuals were transported to PVCH for medical attention, treated and released. The driver of the SUV remains at large, as well as two female and six male passengers not detained, Atteberry said.
The investigation remains open, depending upon additional information supplied. In a social media public notice issued Monday, the PCSO advised that while the subjects appear not to be violent, the area public is advised to please secure building doors and vehicles. If subjects matching that description are sighted, citizens should please call local law enforcement, or dial 911.