Border Patrol agents in Texas were tipped off by a ranch hand earlier this week to a suspicious Chevrolet Avalanche that had just loaded up illegal immigrants from the side of the road.

When agents caught up to the vehicle, they found a driver, a passenger and nine suspected illegal immigrants, five of them in the cab and four in the truck bed, exposed to the elements with the wind chill temperature at 9 degrees Fahrenheit. One woman was already dead and two more had to get emergency medical treatment because of hypothermia.

A consequence of the cold snap that’s engulfed much of Texas is that some migrant smugglers are figuring it’s the right time to try to sneak people north out of the border areas, figuring the Border Patrol has its hands full with other duties right now and that highway checkpoints will be shut down because of the weather.