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Multiple Undocumented Immigrants Killed In Car Chase

18 June 2018

A criminal complaint said the driver in that case admitted to investigators that he traveled from Laredo to San Antonio.

At least five people were killed after an SUV carrying illegal immigrants crashed following a high-speed chase near the Texas-Mexico border, the sheriff said.

In this image tweeted by David Caltabiano of KABB/WOAI, a heavily damaged SUV is seen on Texas Highway 85 in Big Wells, Texas, after crashing while carrying more than a dozen people fleeing from Border Patrol agents, Sunday, June 17, 2018.

Boyd said 14 people were in the SUV and 12 of the occupants were suspected of being in the country illegally, CBS affiliate KENS-TV reports.

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According to Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boy, the vehicle was traveling around 100 miles per hour when the crash happened off Highway 85, WOAI reported.

Twelve people were ejected from the vehicle. Of those five included the driver, who is reportedly a United States citizen.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said it was investigating the crash, which occurred at 11:18 a.m. local time outside of Big Wells, Texas. The passenger in the front seat is reportedly in police custody.

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

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He said four people died at the scene, and several were flown by emergency helicopter to a hospital in San Antonio.

Boyd added: "If it can be built, I think it needs to be built".

Meanwhile, the US Customs and Border Patrol Agency issued a statement expressing "deepest sympathies" to the families of those who died in the crash.

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Multiple Undocumented Immigrants Killed In Car Chase