5 killed in SUV crash during chase in Texas

18 June, 2018, 02:31 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
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A vehicle carrying 14 people flipped and killed at least five undocumented migrants during a chase involving Border Patrol Agents in south Texas, News 4 San Antonio reported. Two people are believed to be US citizens.

Border Patrol agents began chasing the vehicle around noon before a Dimmit County sheriff's deputy took over the chase, west of Big Wells, Boyd said. "He was able to get him out of the vehicle and the driver was actually walking", Boyd said.

According to the Associated Press, a fifth passenger died after arriving at the hospital.

Four people were pronounced dead at the scene, others were taken to area hospitals.

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The driver of the SUV led officials on a chase until the driver lost control and crashed, killing five people and injuring at least 10 others, reports said.

"This, I think, is a ideal example, of why are borders need to be secured", Boyd said. The vehicle was traveling around 100 miles per hour, the sheriff said.

He added: "This is a flawless example of why our borders need to be secure".

The sheriff said he didn't know where the immigrants were from.

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This SUV was packed with undocumented immigrants as it crashed trying to escape border patrol.

Footage of the crash showed four bodies on the ground, the charred Chevrolet and several Border Patrol vehicles at the scene. He credited "good police work" for the reason deputies started pursuing the vehicle.

Boyd told WOAI a wall needs to be build because illegal immigration is "a real problem" in the area.

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