5 immigrants killed, several injured after SUV fleeing Border Patrol crashes

Marion Boyd speaks at the scene where five undocumented immigrants were killed when an SUV they were in crashed near Big Wells Texas

Six patients were taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio, Lt. Edwin Roberts said.

Two of the vehicles stopped and arrests were made from each vehicle, according to the U.S. Border Patrol.

The chase began after a Border Patrol agent noticed three vehicles travelling in a caravan and suspected smuggling, US Customs and Border Protection said in a statement. Boyd said agents were chasing the SUV when it lost control and overturned. "The vehicle rolled over a short distance later on highway 85 near Big Wells, resulting in multiple injuries and fatalities", the statement said.

Four people believed to be undocumented immigrants were pronounced dead on the scene with a fifth pronounced dead after being transported to a San Antonio hospital.

The driver is now in custody with Homeland Security Investigations, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The vehicle was traveling around 100 miles per hour, according to Boyd.

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

"It's really, really busy here", Boyd said.

Boyd added that a wall is not the only answer. "It seems lately it's been constant".

A criminal complaint said the driver in that case admitted to investigators that he traveled from Laredo to San Antonio.

It's not the first time chases smuggling attempts have turned fatal in Texas.

This SUV was packed with undocumented immigrants as it crashed trying to escape border patrol. "This is I think a ideal example of why our borders need to be secured".

5 immigrants killed in rollover crash in Dimmit, Texas.

"It's just extremely busy, we need the assets down here, we have a problem", Boyd said.

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