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

5 immigrants killed in Texas car crash while being chased by border patrol agents

5 immigrants killed in Texas car crash while being chased by border patrol agents

The vehicle, which was traveling around 100 miles per hour, ran off the road onto the gravel before flipping several times when it tried to get back on the roadway, the sheriff said.

Texas Department of Public Safety officials say four were pronounced dead at the scene midday Sunday. Five people were transported to San Antonio Military Medical Center, including the driver who is believed to be a United States citizen.

He said a Border Patrol agent initiated the pursuit before a unit for the sheriff's office took over.

This SUV was packed with undocumented immigrants as it crashed trying to escape border patrol. Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boy told WOAI the crash happened off Highway 85 in Big Wells at about noon. The passenger in the front seat is reportedly in police custody.

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Boyd said the driver was known to police, and had been seen in the area 'last week, ' either scouting the area or looking for immigrants to smuggle.

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.

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.

According to the Associated Press, a fifth passenger died after arriving at the hospital. Dimmit County is directly north of Webb County and east of Maverick County, which border Mexico.

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