Five dead following Border Patrol vehicle chase in Texas


At least five people were killed and nine others injured when the SUV they were riding in crashed while fleeing police and Border Patrol in South Texas, authorities said Sunday.

"The driver did not stop and the attempt to stop the vehicle was taken over by a Dimmit County Sheriff's office deputy".

Twelve people were ejected from the vehicle. One person died at a San Antonio hospital. He said one passenger was taken into custody.

A total of 14 people were in the vehicle, including the driver, who was not seriously hurt.

"I think we need more boots on the ground, we need more patrol", Boyd said.

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

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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.

"This, I think, is a ideal example, of why are borders need to be secured", Boyd said. Six people were taken to a San Antonio hospital, and four others went to a local hospital in Dimmit County.

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

The sheriff said it was just the latest in a series of police chases involving human and drug smugglers in the Big Wells area.

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.

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