Feral Hog Caused Crash That Killed 3 People in South Texas on Christmas Day, Authorities Say

An off-duty Border Patrol agent and two other people died on Christmas night after one of them struck a wild pig southwest of Uvalde, authorities said.Uvalde residents Ruby Garza and Julia Vasquez, both 51, were traveling on Farm-to-Market Road 481 with two other people when Garza's Ford Expedition hit a feral hog at about 11:50 p.m. Monday, the Uvalde Leader-News reported, citing the Texas Department of Public Safety.The crash with the pig caused the Expedition to enter the opposite lane and strike a Mercedes SUV head on. The cars became engulfed in flames.Antonio Cordova, a 27-year-old Border Patrol agent, was driving the SUV and died at the scene, according to the Leader-News.Two female passengers in Garza's car were taken to San Antonio hospitals; their condition was unknown.Feral hogs have become a headache for Texas, where they cause million of dollars in agricultural damage and wander into urban and suburban neighborhoods. Estimates peg the number of wild pigs in the U.S. at 4 million or more-- and somewhere between 2 million to 3 million are in Texas.  Continue reading...

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