At Least 4 Feared Dead in Texas Border Crash

The vehicle was traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour in an apparent attempt to evade Border Patrol agents, Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd told the news outlet.

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. Authorities believe the driver and one passenger are United States citizens.

Boyd said 14 people were in the SUV and 12 of the occupants were suspected of being in the country illegally, CBS affiliate KENS-TV reports.

According to the Associated Press, a fifth passenger died after arriving at the hospital.

"This, I think, is a ideal example, of why are borders need to be secured", Boyd said.


Texas Department of Public Safety officials say four were pronounced dead at the scene midday Sunday. He also cited this as a reason why it is important to build a wall to secure the border with Mexico.

The sheriff said he hadn't spoken to Border Patrol on the exact cause of the pursuit and nature of the crash. All of the people killed were immigrants.

Boyd said the victims were taken to local hospitals. "There needs to be sensors".

Footage of the scene showed a charred Chevrolet SUV and several law enforcement vehicles.

Yolanda Choates, a US Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman, directed questions to the Dimmit County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff told the San Antonio NBC affiliate that it was "good police work" that led to deputies being involved in the chase.

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