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Video shows teen injured while attempting to cross border near Yuma

VIDEO: Teens injured falling from border fence
Posted at 3:40 PM, Dec 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-10 20:04:39-05

Authorities say two teens were hurt after falling down the border fence near Yuma on Friday.

Video from US Customs and Border Protection shows a 14-year-old girl fall while trying to drop down on the U.S. side of the fence near the San Luis port of entry. The girl, who was traveling with her mother, suffered a serious back injury and was later flown to a Phoenix hospital for treatment, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

A 17-year-old tried to cross immediately afterward and hurt her ankle coming down off of the 18-foot fence. She was treated and released from the Yuma Regional Medical Center.

The mother of the 14-year-old and three others were taken into custody. All six are from Guatemala, CBP said.

The incident came only days after officials released a nighttime video showing a family crossing in roughly the same area in which children were dropped from the top of the wall to family members on the other side.

The incidents have border patrol agents stressing the importance for people trying to enter the United States to do so at designated ports of entry to avoid the chance of significant injury or death.