BREAKING NEWS — At least 12 people were ejected from a Chevy Suburban SUV carrying illegal immigrants after it crashed following a high-speed chase with U.S. Border Patrol vehicles near the Texas-Mexico border, a sheriff said Sunday, adding that five illegal immigrants were confirmed dead, FOX News reports.
Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd said four people died at the scene off Highway 85 in Big Wells, Texas, at about noon, and one other person died at the hospital.
Footage of the crash showed four bodies on the ground, the charred Chevrolet and several Border Patrol vehicles at the scene, Fox 29 reported.
BREAKING: We're in Big Wells where a car being chased by Border Patrol has crashed. Four undocumented immigrants died at the scene and 12 were ejected. One person has been detained. Here are the latest details: http://bit.ly/2MzTeyD
Posted by News 4 San Antonio on Sunday, June 17, 2018
In all, 14 people were inside the SUV, including the driver and passenger, according to the sheriff. The driver, believed to be a United States citizen, was rushed to a hospital; the passenger, also believed to be a U.S. citizen, currently is in custody.
The chase had reached speeds topping 100 mph, the sheriff added.
HAPPENING NOW: Dimmit County deputies tell us four undocumented immigrants are dead and 12 were ejected after their car crashed during a chase with Border Patrol agents. https://t.co/sfGIYyuRCi pic.twitter.com/rDztNhjUrV
— News 4 San Antonio (@News4SA) June 17, 2018
Boyd credited “good police work” for the reason why deputies started pursuing the vehicle, News 4 San Antonio reported, adding that Boyd said human smuggling was a “real problem” in the area.
The sheriff said he hadn’t spoken to Border Patrol on the exact cause of the pursuit and nature of the crash. He added such chases, not the crash, happened almost every day.
At HWY 85/Big Wells. This SUV carrying fourteen crashes trying to escape border patrol. 12 undocumented immigrants ejected. Four died on scene. Waiting to hear from officials. @News4SA @KABBFOX29 pic.twitter.com/BpAo4TmvPp
— David Caltabiano (@DavidCaltabiano) June 17, 2018
Boyd said the driver was known to police, and had been seen in the area “last week,” either scouting the area or looking for immigrants to smuggle.
Boyd said there needs to be a wall built because this is a “real problem” in the area.
They should have stayed in Mexico where they belong.