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Texas DPS Special Agent Anthony Salas Dies After Traffic Accident Near Mexican Border

EAGLE PASS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A Texas Department of Public Safety officer has died after being involved in a single vehicle traffic accident near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Special Agent Anthony Salas was working with the U.S. Border Patrol, helping transport six individuals who had illegally immigrated to the country, when the accident happened on January 22 near Eagle Pass, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Trooper Anthony Salas
(credit: Texas DPS)

Salas was initially taken to a hospital in Eagle Pass and then transported to University Hospital in San Antonio, about 140 miles northeast. Salas, 37, died Saturday morning, the Texas Department of Public Safety said in a statement.

"This tragedy is a somber reminder of the selfless sacrifices our law enforcement make as they work to keep us safe," Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement.

Salas, who joined the department in 2013, had been stationed in El Paso. He served as a trooper with the Texas Highway Patrol before being promoted to a special agent in the department's Criminal Investigations Division. He was a member of the DPS West Texas Special Response Team.

The Texas agency and Customs and Border Protection's Office of Professional Responsibility are investigating the accident.

(© Copyright 2022 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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