West Texas road work leads to makeshift tunnel near Mexico

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Investigators say road construction in West Texas has led to the discovery of a makeshift tunnel just north of the border with Mexico.
Border Patrol Agent Oscar Cervantes says the tunnel was discovered Thursday near downtown El Paso. Authorities are working to determine the origin and purpose of the tunnel.
A Border Patrol statement says agents working near a water treatment plant were notified by Texas Department of Transportation about a cave-in during construction of a roadway. Officials say the mishap led to the discovery of a tunnel originating north from the international border.
Border Patrol confined-space resource teams are examining the area to determine the extent of the tunnel, apparently reinforced with wooden beams.
Cervantes declined to release further details Friday amid the investigation.



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