Multiple Undocumented Immigrants Killed In Car Chase

Multiple Undocumented Immigrants Killed In Car Chase

Authorities believe the driver and one passenger are U.S. citizens. Four people were pronounced dead at the scene, officials said. "This is I think a ideal example of why our borders need to be secured".

The SUV was carrying 14 people ― 12 of whom were ejected upon impact.

Border patrol agents use all-terrain vehicles (ATV) to search for illegal immigrants along the US. Refusing to bow to police commands, the driver of the black SUV, carrying undocumented immigrants, continued to press the pedal to the metal, until the vehicle flipped off a highway in Big Wells, about 130 miles southwest of San Antonio. The vehicle was traveling around 100 miles per hour, according to Boyd.

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Demmet County Sheriff Marion Boyd speaks at the scene where five undocumented immigrants were killed when an SUV they were in crashed near Big Wells, Texas, June 17, 2018.

Boyd said the driver of the SUV survived and was taken into custody. "We dealt with him last week", Boyd said. He would not confirm if any of the patients had died. The Trump administration has said tougher immigration policies - even separating children from their parents - are needed to deter immigrants from coming to the country illegally.

Boyd added: "If it can be built, I think it needs to be built".

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Twelve immigrants were ejected and four died at the scene when the vehicle crashed and rolled over, according to Boyd.

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. Dimmit County deputies took over the chase near Big Wells, Texas.

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