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Smuggled Immigrants Nearly 50 flee From Truck Pursued by Deputies

Authorities in South Texas say nearly 50 immigrants who were smuggled into the country fled from the back of a cargo truck this week as deputies approached.

The deputies with the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department were pursuing the truck Tuesday evening along a dirt road near Alice. Dashboard video shows the truck stopping abruptly, the rear door opening and a wave of people fleeing.

KIII-TV in Corpus Christi reports (http://bit.ly/12JcPxy ) 31 were apprehended and another 15 fled through fields. The driver of the truck, believed to be the smuggler, got away.

Chief Deputy Rodrigo Ramon says a person entering the country illegally can pay a smuggler up to $4,500 for passage.

Alice is about 45 miles west of Corpus Christi and 120 miles south of San Antonio.

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