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Hundreds of truckers left fighting for parking during computer-driven border crossing delay

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Hundreds of truckers were left searching for parking near the Mexican border on Friday as a computer issue caused massive border-crossing delays. 

The computer issue started on February 17th at the Brownsville, Texas border crossing at around 7 a.m. The issue backed up truck traffic for miles starting at the Veterans International Bridge and stretching along US Expressway 77 up until International Boulevard in Brownsville.

The computer issue prevented truckers from crossing into Mexico and forced many to find parking in Cameron County, Olmito, Brownsville, San Benito, and at various gas stations and side roads along Expressway 77 and FM 511.

“It’s not common [to have a delay like this],” one trucker told ValleyCentral. “The crossings are slow this week. Mexican customs [are having] problems.”

CBP Supervisor DeLeon said only that delays were caused by a computer issue but did not offer specifics. 

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