Border Patrol agents injured in collision

Two Border Patrol agents were injured after their vehicles collided in Mission Thursday morning.

The agents, assigned to the McAllen station, were responding to a smuggling event when they collided at the intersection of 7th Street and Oblate Street in Mission, according to a statement issued by the agency.

EMS transported both agents to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The Mission Police Department is conducting an accident investigation, according to the statement.

Maria Ventura, who lives at the intersection where the incident occurred, said she went outside when she heard a loud noise and saw the aftermath of the collision which had damaged her garden.

Ventura’s neighbor, Maria Esther Salinas, said she was bothered that agents didn’t inquire whether Ventura or her husband were OK nor did they offer assistance.

But also of concern was the increase in activity in her neighborhood. Salinas said she had known there were stash houses in the area and their prevalence was causing her to question her safety.

“We don’t feel safe anymore,” she said. “We’ve been here all our lives and now we see so much unusual activity.”

Of the incident, she added, “I’m just so glad that Maria and her husband are OK.”

Some minor damage is seen to Maria Ventura’s garden in Mission. (Joel Martinez | The Monitor)