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

A auto chase between border patrol vehicles and an SUV carrying 14 people resulted in a auto crash in Big Wells, Texas on Sunday.

Border Patrol agents attempted to stop the vehicle when the chase ensued and were soon joined by Dimmit County deputies, KFDM reported. Officials say the vehicle was traveling over 100 miles per hour when it ran off the road and caught gravel, causing it to roll over.

Boyd said the driver of the Suburban was also injured and was flown to a San Antonio hospital.

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

Twelve immigrants were ejected and four died at the scene when the auto crashed and rolled over, according to Boyd.

He said there were 14 people in the vehicle.

Four victims were dead at the scene, Boyd said. "We've seen this many, many times", Boy said.

The accident happened before noon Sunday off Highway 85 in Big Wells, about 130 miles southwest of San Antonio. The driver was among those hospitalized, and a deputy who assisted the Border Patrol with the chase found the driver sitting upright in his seat and took him and the passenger into custody.

At least five people were killed after an SUV carrying illegal immigrants crashed following a high-speed chase near the Texas-Mexico border, the sheriff said. He said the pursuit was the result of "good police work", and gave his support for the construction of a border wall.

Yolanda Choates, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman, directed questions to the Dimmit County Sheriff's Office.

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