5 dead after vehicle flips in Border Patrol chase in TX

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

Several dead in car crash near Texas border | TheHill

Fox News reports a tragic scene unfolded this afternoon near the Texas-Mexican border as "12 people were ejected from an SUV carrying illegal immigrants after it crashed following a high-speed chase with U.S. Border Patrol vehicles".

The fatal crash occurred on Sunday near Big Wells, which is about 100 miles southwest of San Antonio, ABC News quoted Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd as saying.

Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd told KSAT that the chase reached speeds of about 100 miles per hour.

Multiple people inside the Suburban were ejected as the vehicle rolled, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

A criminal complaint said the driver in that case admitted to investigators that he traveled from Laredo to San Antonio. The passenger in the front seat is reportedly in police custody. A fifth person died at a San Antonio hospital.

"This is not unusual", Boyd said. "I think we need a wall in my opinion".

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

Sunday's crash comes amid widespread protests over President Donald Trump's immigration policies that include separating undocumented children from parents caught sneaking them into the country.

Two of the vehicles stopped and arrests were made from each vehicle, according to the U.S. Border Patrol.

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. Images from the scene showed the SUV badly wrecked in the middle of the road.

The chase began after a Border Patrol agent noticed three vehicles travelling in a caravan and suspected smuggling, US Customs and Border Protection said in a statement.

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