At least five people were killed after an SUV carrying illegal immigrants crashed after a high-speed chase near the Texas-Mexico border, the sheriff said.
At least 12 people were ejected from a Chevy Suburban SUV carrying illegal immigrants after it crashed following a high-speed chase with the U.S. Border Patrol vehicles parked near the Texas-Mexico border, and a sheriff said Sunday, adding that five illegal immigrants were confirmed dead.
Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd said that four people died at the place of the Highway 85 in Big Wells, Texas, about noon, and one other person died in the hospital.
Images of the crash showed four bodies on the ground, the charred Chevrolet and several Border Patrol vehicles at the scene, Fox 29 reported.
In all, 14 people were in the SUV, including the driver and passenger, according to the sheriff. The driver, believed to be a citizen of the United States, was rushed to a hospital; the passenger, also believed to be a citizen of the V. S., is currently in custody.
The chase had reached speeds topping 100 mph, the sheriff added.
Boyd credited “good police work” for the reason why deputies started pursuing the vehicle, News 4 San Antonio reported, adding that Boyd said people smuggling was a “real problem” in the area.
The sheriff said that he had not spoken to the Border Patrol on the exact cause of the exercise and the nature of the crash. He added, such as chases, not the crash happened almost every day.
Boyd said the driver was known to the police, and were seen in the area “last week,” the scouting of the area, or looking to immigrants smuggling.
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