5 immigrants killed, several injured after SUV fleeing Border Patrol crashes

Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd said there were 14 people in the vehicle at the time of the crash, and 12 of them were undocumented immigrants.

Multiple people inside the Suburban were ejected as the vehicle rolled, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Thee were 14 people in the vehicle, including the driver and a passenger who were both US citizens.

A KABB reporter appearing on CNN, David Caltabiano, said authorities told him that such a chase was "something they see quite often in this area".

Big Wells, Texas is a town 60 miles away from the U.S. - Mexico border.

The chase began with a Border Patrol agent as the vehicle was coming north from the border, then the Dimmit County Sheriff's deputies took over.


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

"The vehicle ran off the road and caught gravel and then tried to recorrect and then caused the vehicle to turn over several times", he said. One person died upon arriving at the hospital, he said.

Five immigrants are dead and several others were injured when a police chase ended in a crash Sunday in Big Wells southwest of San Antonio, according to KSAT News. "This is a ideal example of why our borders need to be secure".

Boyd said his officers have dealt with the driver before, adding he was scouting the area earlier to try and pick up immigrants. Authorities say the vehicle topped speeds of over 100 miles per hour. All five people who died were undocumented.

Yolanda Choates, a US Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman, directed questions to the Dimmit County Sheriff's Office.

  • Tracy Klein