SUV fleeing border control crashes in Texas, killing 5
18 June, 2018, 09:27 | Author: Kristen Ingram
Five people died and several were injured Sunday after a speeding SUV carrying unauthorized immigrants lost control during a chase in South Texas. There were 14 people in the Suburban, including the driver, according to the department.
The crash Sunday morning on Highway 85 in Big Wells was the result of a chase that involved Border Patrol agents and Dimmit County deputies.
Twelve immigrants were ejected when the vehicle crash.
The vehicle traveling more than 100 miles per hour when it crashed, according to local authorities. 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.
In addition to the driver, one of the passengers, who is also believed to be American, was placed in custody.
Boyd said there needs to be a wall built because this is a "real problem" in the area. "This is I think a ideal example of why our borders need to be secured".
Sheriff Boyd said four people died at the scene and a fifth person died after being transported to a hospital, Fox News reported.
Boy believes the driver was scouting the area to try and pick up immigrants.
All of the people killed were immigrants.
Twelve immigrants were ejected and four died at the scene when the vehicle crashed and rolled over, according to Boyd.
Footage from a motorist who witnessed the crash and posted video to Facebook shortly after shows at least four bodies on the ground, the mangled Chevrolet and several Border Patrol vehicles at the scene.
The chase began after a Border Patrol agent noticed three vehicles travelling in a caravan and suspected smuggling, US Customs and Border Protection said in a statement.
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