Five dead after car being chased by Border Patrol crashes in Texas

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In this image tweeted by David Caltabiano of KABB/WOAI, a heavily damaged SUV is seen on Texas Highway 85 in Big Wells, Texas, after crashing while carrying more than a dozen people fleeing from Border Patrol agents, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (David Caltabiano/KABB/WOAI via AP)

BIG WELLS, TX (WCMH) — Authorities are investigating the scene where a car full of undocumented immigrants being chased by Border Patrol agents crashed.

WOAI reports 5 people are dead. Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boy told WOAI the crash happened off Highway 85 in Big Wells at about noon. Fourteen people were inside, including the driver and passenger.

Twelve people were ejected from the vehicle. 

Boyd said the vehicle was going more than 100 miles per hour before the crash. He credited “good police work” for the reason deputies started pursuing the vehicle. 

According to WOAI 5 people were transported to San Antonio Military Medical Center. This includes the driver, who is believed to be a United States citizen. Another 4 people were transported to local hospitals. 

The passenger, also believed to be a U.S. citizen, is currently in custody.

Boyd told WOAI a wall needs to be build because illegal immigration is “a real problem” in the area. 

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