5 killed in SUV crash during chase in Texas

5 killed in SUV crash during chase in Texas

'We've seen this many, many times, in not only this county but other counties along the border, ' Boyd said.

In a later interview, Boyd said the vehicle reached 100 miles per hour before the driver lost control and crashed. One person died at a San Antonio hospital.

He said there were 14 people in the vehicle. An agent suspected they were conducting a "smuggling event", according to the statement, which did not elaborate.

A wrecked vehicle which law enforcement said was carrying undocumented immigrants sits on a highway in south Texas, about 50 miles from the Mexico border on June 17, 2018. Multiple people from both vehicles were arrested.

Boyd said Border Patrol agents began chasing the SUV around noon and then Dimmit County Sheriff's deputy took over, CNN reported.

The incident comes amid heightened tensions over the treatment of immigrants at the southern border.

The sheriff said he didn't know where the immigrants were from. Over a six-week period ending in May, about 2,000 children had been separated from their families, administration officials said Friday.

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Most of the occupants were believed in the country without legal permission.

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

Boyd said the victims were taken to local hospitals.

"This, I think, is a ideal example, of why are borders need to be secured", Boyd said.

The crash happened in Dimmit County, Texas about 120 miles southwest of San Antonio.

The sheriff said he hadn't spoken to Border Patrol on the exact cause of the pursuit and nature of the crash.

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