Sheriff: 5 dead in Texas border crash

Clay Curtis
June 18, 2018

Boyd said a Dimmitt County Sheriff's deputy took over the chase just west of Big Wells, but the vehicle, which was traveling around 100 miles per hour, ran off the road onto the gravel before flipping several times when it tried to get back on the roadway, the sheriff said. A fifth person died at a San Antonio hospital. An agent suspected they were conducting a "smuggling event", according to the statement, which did not elaborate. The agent stopped one vehicle and called out a description of the other two, which prompted another agent to stop the second vehicle.

Dimmit County, Texas Sheriff Marion Boyd said Border Patrol agents began chasing a Chevrolet Suburban around noon on Sunday.

The crash comes amid heightened tensions over the treatment of immigrants at the southern border. Over a six-week period ending in May, about 2,000 children had been separated from their families, administration officials said Friday.

Most of the occupants were believed to be living in the country without legal permission according to Fox. Officials said they believe the driver is a USA citizen.

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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.

Some injured were taken by helicopter to San Antonio, about 90 miles (144.83 kilometers) northeast.

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

The SUV was carrying 14 people ― 12 of whom were ejected upon impact.

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