4 folks had been killed on the scene about 50 miles from the Mexico border and a fifth individual died at a hospital in San Antonio, the sheriff mentioned.
The incident began after a Border Patrol agent in Carrizo Springs suspected smuggling when he noticed a trio of automobiles go him on a rural freeway, US Customs and Border Safety mentioned. That agent stopped one car and radioed an outline of the opposite two automobiles to different brokers, the company mentioned.
A number of folks had been arrested after one other agent stopped the second car, however the third car did not cease when an agent tried to drag it over, Customs and Border Safety mentioned.
Boyd mentioned a Dimmitt County Sheriff’s deputy took over the chase simply west of Large Wells, however the car, which was touring round 100 mph, ran off the street onto the gravel earlier than flipping a number of instances when it tried to get again on the roadway, the sheriff mentioned.
“We have seen this many, many instances, in not solely this county however different counties alongside the border,” Boyd mentioned. “It is an issue. … That is, I feel, an ideal instance of why our borders have to be safe.”
‘We want a wall’
Boyd mentioned there have been 14 folks within the car that flipped. Authorities imagine the driving force and one passenger are US residents.
Native legislation enforcement officers had been aware of the driving force, who was within the space final week to both choose up undocumented immigrants or to scout, the sheriff mentioned.
The opposite 12 passengers had been undocumented immigrants, Boyd mentioned.
Boyd mentioned the victims had been taken to hospitals. Six sufferers had been taken to San Antonio Army Medical Middle in San Antonio, Lt. Edwin Roberts mentioned. He wouldn’t affirm if any of the sufferers had died.
The sheriff mentioned he did not know the place the immigrants had been from however mentioned most migrants who journey by way of the realm are from Central America or Mexico.
He mentioned his deputies are sometimes concerned in chases pursuing folks suspected of smuggling undocumented immigrants and medicines.
Boyd added: “If it may be constructed, I feel it must be constructed. However together with that, there must be cameras. There must be sensors.”
Footage from a motorist who witnessed the crash and posted video to Fb shortly after exhibits a minimum of 4 our bodies on the bottom, the mangled Chevrolet and a number of other Border Patrol automobiles on the scene.
Yolanda Choates, a US Customs and Border Safety spokeswoman, directed inquiries to the Dimmit County Sheriff’s Workplace.
When requested why Border Patrol brokers began the chase, Boyd mentioned, “It is known as good police work.”
CNN’s Amir Vera contributed to this report.