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Two people found with leg injuries near U.S.-Mexico border, Border Patrol says

The Border Patrol said two more people have been found with injuries near the U.S.-Mexico border crossing, injuries they say may have been the result of falls from the border wall.

Border Patrol agents found a woman with a visible leg injury around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday north of the secondary fence and about three miles west of the Otay Mesa Port of Entry.

Paramedics took the woman to a nearby hospital for medical evaluation, according to a statement from Border Patrol Special Operations Supervisor Tekae Michael.

Just 15 minutes later and less than half a mile west of the previous incident, Border Patrol agents found a man who appeared to have “a compound fracture in both legs above the knee,” authorities said.

The agents applied a tourniquet to both legs. Paramedics arrived around 4 a.m. and took the man to a nearby hospital, according to the Border Patrol statement.

The agency could not immediately determine whether the two people had fallen from the wall, Michael said in an email. According to Michael, Border Patrol agents often encounter injured people on the ground whom they suspect were hurt by falling from the border wall, but the agents are unable to determine whether that was the actual cause.

Six people were injured in separate incidents earlier this week after apparently falling from the U.S.-Mexico border wall during a foggy night, federal authorities said Tuesday.

The Trump administration raised the height of the border wall to 30 feet in 2019. Afterward it became increasingly more dangerous for migrants who tried to cross it, according to data from local trauma centers.

The number of migrants who have died or gotten injured after falling from the border wall rose sharply from 2019 to 2021, local doctors have said.

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