GILA BEND, Ariz. — Two Border Patrol agents rushing to help capture some suspected illegal immigrants were killed yesterday when their SUV entered a marked railroad crossing and was struck by a train.
The crash happened in a rural farming area near Interstate 8 and the town of Gila Bend, about 85 miles southwest of Phoenix.
The agents, Eduardo Rojas Jr. and Hector Clark, were trying to position themselves on a road north of some other agents who were trying to capture a group of suspected illegal immigrants, said agent Kenneth Quillin, spokesman for the Border Patrol’s Yuma sector.
“We do see groups on a regular basis traveling through this area,’’ he added.
The crash happened at a railroad crossing that is marked but does not have barriers, he said.