Five immigrants dead after Border Patrol car chase in Texas

April FrancisJun 18, 2018

At least 12 people were ejected from a Chevy Suburban SUV carrying illegal immigrants after it crashed following a high-speed chase with U.S. Border Patrol vehicles near the Texas-Mexico border, a sheriff said Sunday, adding that five illegal immigrants were confirmed dead.

Border Patrol agents began chasing the vehicle around noon before a Dimmit County sheriff's deputy took over the chase, just west of Big Wells, Boyd said.

"We've seen this many, many times, in not only this county but other counties along the border", Boyd told CNN.

He said four people died at the scene, and several were flown by emergency helicopter to a hospital in San Antonio. Boyd tells San Antonio television station WOAI a driver and one passenger are believed to be US citizens.

Sheriff Boyd said there needs to be a wall built around the area because it's a "real problem". Dimmit County deputies took over the chase near Big Wells, Texas.

Border Patrol officials have repeatedly warned of the dangers of smuggling large numbers of people in vehicles.

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Twelve people were ejected from the vehicle. The driver was not seriously injured and taken into Homeland Security custody, Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd told reporters.

Four people died at the scene and a fifth died later, KSAT 12 television of San Antonio reported.

"The vehicle was traveling around 100 miles an hour", Boyd said.

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

Authorities are investigating the scene where a vehicle full of undocumented immigrants being chased by Border Patrol agents crashed.

"Our deepest sympathies go out to the families of those who died in the crash", the Border Patrol said.

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