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5 people die in South Texas pursuit crash involving undocumented immigrants

18 June 2018
5 people die in South Texas pursuit crash involving undocumented immigrants

Border patrol agents use all-terrain vehicles (ATV) to search for illegal immigrants along the US.

Five undocumented immigrants in a speeding sport utility vehicle were killed Sunday when it crashed while being chased by border patrol agents and a sheriff's deputy in a Texas town about 50 miles from the border with Mexico, officials said.

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

He added: "This is a flawless example of why our borders need to be secure".

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

According to the Associated Press, a fifth passenger died after arriving at the hospital. The driver was arrested by Homeland Security officials, KSAT reported, citing unnamed officials.

Thee were 14 people in the vehicle, including the driver and a passenger who were both USA citizens. All of the people killed were immigrants. "The deputy actually took him into custody".

Footage from a motorist who witnessed the crash and posted video to Facebook shortly after shows at least four bodies on the ground, the mangled Chevrolet and several Border Patrol vehicles at the scene. He said the pursuit was the result of "good police work", and gave his support for the construction of a border wall.

Representatives for both U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Dimmit County Sheriff's Office did not immediately respond to HuffPost's request for comment.