Authorities still identifying crash victims

ELK CITY, OK-- Authorities say they are still working to identify seven Mexican nationals who were killed in a traffic accident on icy roads in western Oklahoma this weekend.

Spokesman Lieutenant Pete Norwood says the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has contacted the Mexican consulate with the names of the victims who have been identified, but it could be weeks before their families are notified.

The seven people were all riding in one van that collided with a tractor-trailer early Sunday morning near elk city.  Five others in the van survived.

Great Plains Regional Medical center spokesman Stephen Rhymer says one of the survivors was taken into custody by U. S. Immigration and customs enforcement officers.

Two others were in stable condition, and the remaining two were released from the hospital.