5 Illegal Aliens Killed, Others Injured In Car Crash While Smugglers Try To Flee Immigration Authorities
Five people have been killed and several others injured after an SUV suspected of smuggling illegal immigrants crashed while fleeing from Border Patrol agents in South Texas, authorities said.
The driver of the car, who was transporting 14 other people, lost control while travelling at around 100 mph. The vehicle overturned on Texas Highway 85 and most of the occupants were thrown out of the vehicle, Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd said.
“There were 14 people in the vehicle, including the driver and a passenger, whom we suspect of being U.S. citizens. The others were being smuggled,” Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd said, the San Antonio Express reported.
Most of the 14 occupants crammed inside the Chevy Suburban were ejected from the vehicle when the driver lost control during the pursuit. The SUV rolled multiple times on Texas Highway 85 in Big Wells, officials said.
“From what we can tell the vehicle ran off the road and caught gravel and then tried to recorrect,” Boyd said.
The Border Patrol said in a statement that two other vehicles had been travelling alongside the SUV earlier in the day. An agent suspected they were conducting a “smuggling event,” according to the statement.
The border agent stopped one of the vehicles and another agent stopped a second one. Multiple people from both vehicles were arrested.
The third vehicle did not stop when asked, and a sheriff’s deputy took over the chase prior to the fatal crash, the border patrol said.
The incident comes amid increased tensions over the treatment of immigrants at the southern border.