Five immigrants died and several others were injured on Sunday when their vehicle careened out of control while being chased by US Border Patrol agents in Texas about 90 miles (145 km) north of the Mexican border, officials said. Dimmit County deputies took over the chase near Big Wells, Texas.
Twelve people were ejected from the vehicle. He said at least one and possibly two others died at a hospital. The passenger in the front seat is reportedly in police custody. The vehicle was traveling around 100 miles per hour, the sheriff said. This includes the driver, who is believed to be a United States citizen.
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.
The deadly crash comes as the United States grapples with a swirling crisis over illegal immigration that has seen almost 2,000 children separated from their parents over a recent six-week period.
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The passenger, also believed to be a US citizen, is now in custody.
Authorities are investigating the scene where a auto full of undocumented immigrants being chased by Border Patrol agents crashed.
Boy believes the driver was scouting the area to try and pick up immigrants. Images from the scene showed the SUV badly wrecked in the middle of the road.
CNN reports they reached out to Yolanda Choates, a spokeswoman for US Customs and Border Protection, but she directed all comments back to the sheriff's department.