At Least 5 Dead After SUV Carrying Illegal Immigrants Crashes - Timothy Meads

18 June, 2018, 10:24 | Author: Diane Mills
  • 5 immigrants killed in Texas car crash while being chased by border patrol agents

At least five people were killed and nine others injured when the SUV they were riding in crashed while fleeing police and Border Patrol in South Texas, authorities said Sunday.

One of the four taken to the San Antonio hospital later died, the department said. The vehicle was traveling around 100 miles per hour, the sheriff said.

This article be updated as more details become available.

Twelve immigrants were ejected when the vehicle crash. Of those five included the driver, who is reportedly a United States citizen.

"We've seen this many, many times and not only in this county but other counties along the border", he said.

Some of the victims were flown by helicopter to San Antonio for medical treatment. "This is a ideal example of why our borders need to be secure", he added.

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

The other 12 passengers were undocumented immigrants, Boyd said.

The sheriff said it was just the latest in a series of police chases involving human and drug smugglers in the Big Wells area.

The sheriff said he didn't know where the immigrants were from but said most migrants who travel through the area are from Central America or Mexico.

Boyd said Border Patrol agents began chasing the SUV around noon and then Dimmit County Sheriff's deputy took over, CNN reported.

Sunday's crash comes amid widespread protests over President Donald Trump's immigration policies that include separating undocumented children from parents caught sneaking them into the country. Dimmit County deputies took over the chase near Big Wells, Texas.

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