The vehicle traveling more than 100 miles per hour when it crashed, according to local authorities. "The vehicle rolled over a short distance later on highway 85 near Big Wells, resulting in multiple injuries and fatalities", the statement said.
Sunday's crash comes amid widespread protests over President Donald Trump's immigration policies that include separating undocumented children from parents caught sneaking them into the country. Six patients were taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio, Lt. Edwin Roberts said. "This is, I think, a flawless example of why our borders need to be secure".
5 dead as SUV being chased crashes in South Texas
Border Patrol officials have repeatedly warned of the dangers of smuggling large numbers of people in vehicles. The sheriff said he hadn't spoken to Border Patrol on the exact cause of the pursuit and nature of the crash.
Four people died at the scene when it crashed and another one died at a local hospital. One of those injured is reported to be the driver of the vehicle. The driver, believed to be a United States citizen, was rushed to a hospital; the passenger, also believed to be a USA citizen, now is in custody.
The SUV was carrying 14 people ― 12 of whom were ejected upon impact.
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Authorities are investigating the scene where a vehicle full of undocumented immigrants being chased by Border Patrol agents crashed. Two people are believed to be US citizens. "We dealt with him last week", Boyd said.
"If it can be built, then I think it should be built, but along with that, I think there needs to be cameras", Boyd said. "We've seen this many many times, not only in this county but in other counties along the border".
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Bailiff said the inmate was being taken across the street from the jail, to the services building, for a court hearing. Robert Melton, 46, was gunned down while chasing suspects of a drive-by shooting on July 19, 2016.
"The driver did not stop and the attempt to stop the vehicle was taken over by a Dimmit County Sheriff's office deputy". 12 immigrants were ejected and four died on scene.