Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

5 immigrants killed, several injured after SUV fleeing Border Patrol crashes

5 immigrants killed, several injured after SUV fleeing Border Patrol crashes

The pursuit took place in Big Wells, about 130 miles southwest of San Antonio.

Dimmit County, Texas Sheriff Marion Boyd said Border Patrol agents began chasing a Chevrolet Suburban around noon on Sunday.

"From what we can tell the vehicle ran off the road and caught gravel and then tried to recorrect", Boyd said, adding that "caused the vehicle to turn over several times".

An SUV carrying 14 people rolled over and ejected 12 people who are believed to be illegal immigrants, according to a report from News4SanAntonio. "He was able to get him out of the vehicle and the driver was actually walking", Boyd said.

Four people died at the scene when it crashed and another one died at a local hospital.

Two of the vehicles stopped and arrests were made from each vehicle, according to the U.S. Border Patrol. Boyd said the driver and one passenger were believed to be US citizens. "We've seen this many, many times", Boy said.

Migrants Killed in Possible Human Smuggling Rollover Crash
Boyd said his officers have dealt with the driver before, adding he was scouting the area earlier to try and pick up immigrants. The crash was reported when Border Patrol agents attempted to stop an SUV in Dimmit County, reports said.


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

Some injured were taken by helicopter to San Antonio, about 90 miles (144.83 kilometers) northeast. He said one passenger was taken into custody.

Boy believes the driver was scouting the area to try and pick up immigrants.

This SUV was packed with undocumented immigrants as it crashed trying to escape border patrol.

Representatives for both U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Dimmit County Sheriff's Office did not immediately respond to HuffPost's request for comment.

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