5 people die in South Texas pursuit crash involving undocumented immigrants

Cheryl Sanders
June 18, 2018

The crash happened Sunday on Highway 85 when Border Patrol agents tried to stop the driver of a Chevy Suburban in Dimmit County around noon. The driver, believed to be a United States citizen, was rushed to a hospital; the passenger, also believed to be a USA citizen, now is in custody.

A wrecked vehicle which law enforcement said was carrying undocumented immigrants sits on a highway in south Texas, about 50 miles from the Mexico border on June 17, 2018. "We've seen this many, many times", Boy said.

In all, 14 people were inside the SUV, including the driver and passenger, according to the sheriff.

Some injured were taken by helicopter to San Antonio, about 144.83 kilometres northeast.

Four people believed to be undocumented immigrants were pronounced dead on the scene with a fifth pronounced dead after being transported to a San Antonio hospital. "This is I think a flawless example of why our borders need to be secured". The driver was taken into custody.

Twelve immigrants were ejected and four died at the scene when the vehicle crashed and rolled over, according to Boyd. He would not confirm if any of the patients had died. The vehicle was traveling around 100 miles per hour, the sheriff said.

Authorities are investigating the scene where a vehicle full of undocumented immigrants being chased by Border Patrol agents crashed. But along with that, there needs to be cameras.

When asked why Border Patrol agents started the chase, Boyd said, "It's called good police work". The weight of the people causes the vehicle to become unstable and makes it easy for crashes to occur, Border Patrol officials previously told Breitbart Texas.

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