Texas Border Patrol Chase Ends In Crash, Killing At Least 5 Immigrants
18 June, 2018, 07:50 | Author: Sheila Harris
The fatal crash occurred around noon local time near Big Wells, which is about 100 miles southwest of San Antonio, Dimmet County Sheriff Marion Boyd told reporters at the scene. Dimmit County deputies took over the chase near Big Wells, Texas. He said a Border Patrol agent initiated the pursuit before a unit for the sheriff's office took over.
This SUV was packed with undocumented immigrants as it crashed trying to escape border patrol. Two people are believed to be US citizens.
Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd told WOAI a driver and one passenger are believed to be US citizens. Multiple people from both vehicles were arrested.
Four of the migrants reportedly died at the scene, with a fifth later dying at the hospital.
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.
Boyd credited "good police work" for the reason why deputies started pursuing the vehicle adding that Boyd said human smuggling was a "real problem" in the area. "We've seen this many, many times, in not only this county but other counties along the border". Five people were transported to San Antonio Military Medical Center, including the driver who is believed to be a United States citizen.
"This is not unusual, absolutely not", Boyd says, according to ABC News.
He added: "This is a flawless example of why our borders need to be secure".
The other 12 passengers were undocumented immigrants, Boyd said.
"If it can be built, then I think it should be built, but along with that, I think there needs to be cameras", Boyd said.
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The sheriff said he hadn't spoken to Border Patrol on the exact cause of the pursuit and nature of the crash. Boyd said the driver and one passenger of the passengers were the only US citizens in the vehicle.
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