July 25, 2012
by Stephanie Sanchez
Yuma--A construction company was excavating near the U.S. Mexico border fence in Los Algodones, Mexico Thursday 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 will come up with as far as the replacement of the fence," Tippets said. "Were not sure if they will continue with the same kind of construction in this area or if use the same type of fencing."
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."