Five killed in vehicle chase involving US Border Patrol agents in Texas

Posted June 18, 2018

One of the four taken to the San Antonio hospital later died, the department said.

Sheriff Boyd said there needs to be a wall built around the area because it's a "real problem". That agent stopped one vehicle and radioed a description of the other two vehicles to other agents, the agency said.

Boyd said a total of 14 people were inside the SUV and several were ejected out of the vehicle when it rolled onto Highway 85.

Most of the occupants in the SUV were believed in the country without legal permission.

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Boyd said Border Patrol agents began chasing the SUV around noon and then Dimmit County Sheriff's deputy took over, CNN reported.

The crash was reported when Border Patrol agents attempted to stop an SUV in Dimmit County, reports said.

Border Patrol officials have repeatedly warned of the dangers of smuggling large numbers of people in vehicles.

The incident comes amid heightened tensions over the treatment of immigrants at the southern border. Officials said they believe the driver and passenger are both USA citizens. "This is I think a ideal example of why our borders need to be secured".

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Some injured were taken by helicopter to San Antonio, about 90 miles northeast.

In a later interview, Boyd said the auto reached 100 miles per hour before the driver lost control and crashed. Dimmit County is directly north of Webb County and east of Maverick County, which border Mexico.

The sheriff said he hadn't spoken to Border Patrol on the exact cause of the pursuit and nature of the crash.

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