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

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

Thee were 14 people in the vehicle, including the driver and a passenger who were both USA citizens.

Four people believed to be undocumented immigrants were pronounced dead on the scene with a fifth pronounced dead after being transported to a San Antonio hospital.

He added: 'This is a ideal example of why our borders need to be secure'. People from both vehicles were arrested, according to the statement.

The vehicle traveling more than 100 miles per hour when it crashed, according to local authorities.

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.

Boyd said the driver of the SUV survived and was taken into custody.

Some of the victims were flown by helicopter to San Antonio for medical treatment.

"It's just extremely busy, we need the assets down here, we have a problem", Boyd said. He would not confirm if any of the patients had died.

Dimmit County officials confirmed Sunday afternoon that five people have died in a crash involving undocumented immigrants. The Trump administration has said tougher immigration policies - even separating children from their parents - are needed to deter immigrants from coming to the country illegally.

Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd said "good police work" was the reason why deputies started pursuing the vehicle.

Boyd added that a wall is not the only answer.

Images from the scene appeared to show a large four-door SUV-style auto badly wrecked in the middle of the road.

The Chevrolet Suburban rolled over several times on a highway in Big Wells, Texas, around 12 p.m. local time on Sunday following a high-speed pursuit, officials told reporters.


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