Five undocumented immigrants were killed and several others injured when their vehicle crashed while they were being chased by law enforcement officers. Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boy told WOAI the crash happened off Highway 85 in Big Wells at about noon.
Four people died at the scene and a fifth died later, KSAT 12 television of San Antonio reported.
Boyd said such an incident was "not unusual at all", adding that his deputies are involved in high-speed pursuits related to human smuggling or drug trafficking on a daily basis.
Hundreds of children are waiting away from their parents inside a Border Patrol holding facility in South Texas, with groups of 20 or more children to a single cage. The sheriff said there were 14 people in the vehicle and 12 of them were ejected.
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Boyd said the driver was known to police, and had been seen in the area "last week", either scouting the area or looking for immigrants to smuggle. 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 secured".
When asked why Border Patrol agents started the chase, Boyd said, "It's called good police work".
Boyd said the driver of the SUV survived and was taken into custody. The vehicle was traveling around 100 miles per hour, the sheriff said.
Dimmit County officials confirmed Sunday afternoon that five people have died in a crash involving undocumented immigrants. Several people were ejected from the vehicle during the crash.