U.S. Mexico border fence collapses in Los Algodones, Mexico
Story by Stephanie Sanchez, Reporter - bio | email
Yuma, AZ - A construction company was excavating near the U.S. Mexico border fence in Los Algodones, Mexico Tuesday night around 8 p.m. About 114 feet of border fence collapsed.
"There are extra agents in this area, air assets are on stand by and will adjust where needed as well," Spencer Tippets, U.S. Border Patrol spokesman of the Yuma sector said. "Extra security will be in place until the fence is repaired."
The excavating equipment belonged to Haro express, a Mexican material transporting company.
An anonymous source close to the project tells us they specifically warned the company to not to dig so close to the border fence but they went ahead anyway.
They were reportedly under a deadline for a construction project on a plaza in downtown Algodones.
Parts of the fence toppled over the tractor and truck but no injuries were reported.
"We don't know exactly what the engineers are going to come up with as far as the replacement of this fence," Tippets said. "We're not sure they're going to continue with the same type of construction in this area or if they may devise a new type of fencing in this area. We're not sure yet, we're still working with the engineers."
He said they don't know how long it will take to rebuild the border fence and the estimated amount of damage isn't known yet.
The International Boundary and Water Commission and Mexican authorities are reviewing the incident. Customs and Border Protection is considering the most efficient means of repairing the fence. Security has been increased at the scene until repairs are made."
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