A pickup crammed
with people suspected of being illegal immigrants smashed into a big
rig on Iowa's I-80 early Jan. 2, killing all nine people in the smaller
truck, WHO television reported.
pickup allegedly crossed the median and hit the semi head-on around
2:30 a.m. about 30 miles west of Des Moines. All of the victims reportedly
were Hispanic men and women.
a spokesperson with the Immigration and Naturalization Service in
Des Moines, told The Associated Press the number of people
in the pickup, their ethnicity and the fact they were headed east
led investigators to suspect a smuggling operation.
The cause of
the crash was under investigation. Police said the pickup might have
lost control in the snow.
William Dean Hansen, 55, was reportedly treated and released from
a nearby hospital.