A van carrying as many as 20 undocumented immigrants rolled over on Interstate 40 near Flagstaff Friday night after the vehicle swerved to avoid another car changing lanes, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
Officials say that 15 passengers were taken to the Flagstaff Medical Center and six were admitted for treatment at about 7:30 p.m.
The other occupants of the 1979 Ford van fled on foot. DPS officers remained on the scene near the Winona exit until 9 a.m. Saturday. A spokesperson said that officers wanted to make sure anyone who ran off did not need help.
“We don’t know how many fled, but a number of them took off on foot,” said Sgt. Gary Phelps.
It’s not clear who was driving the vehicle at the time.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement is now involved.
Three children were handed over into the custody of Child Protective Services.
Phelps said that some of the passengers were Guatemalan and contact has been made with that country’s embassy.