At least 5 dead after SUV carrying illegal immigrants crashes, sheriff says

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A hot pursuit by US Border Control and a Texas county sheriff has resulted in five deaths, after an SUV carrying illegal migrants flipped over, sending passengers up in the air and flying out of the vehicle.

According to Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boy, the vehicle was traveling around 100 miles per hour when the crash happened off Highway 85, WOAI reported. The driver was not seriously injured and taken into Homeland Security custody, Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd told reporters. The sheriff said there were 14 people in the vehicle and 12 of them were ejected.

One of the four taken to the San Antonio hospital later died, the department said. Fourteen people were inside, including the driver and passenger.

U.S. Border Patrol said in a statement that one of its agents noticed three vehicles traveling together on a rural highway and believed a "smuggling event" was taking place. "This is, I think, a flawless example of why our borders need to be secure".

Dimmit County officials confirmed Sunday afternoon that five people have died in a crash involving undocumented immigrants.

5 dead after car flips in Border Patrol chase in TX

Twelve immigrants were ejected and four died at the scene when the auto crashed and rolled over, according to Boyd. The vehicle was traveling around 100 miles per hour, according to Boyd.

Another passenger, also reported to be a USA citizen, is under arrest in connection with the possible case of human smuggling.

He said the driver, whose name was not immediately released, was known to police as a human smuggler.

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.

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