Multiple Undocumented Immigrants Killed In Car Chase

Border Patrol Agents Detain Migrants Near US-Mexico Border

Border Patrol Agents Detain Migrants Near US-Mexico Border

Authorities are investigating the scene where a vehicle full of undocumented immigrants being chased by Border Patrol agents crashed.

Updated at 7:34 p.m. Sunday: Revised to include a statement from the Border Patrol.

Yolanda Choates, a US Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman, directed questions to the Dimmit County Sheriff's Office.

CNN has reached out to local authorities and is waiting to learn details of the crash.

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Border Patrol agents began chasing the vehicle around noon before a Dimmit County sheriff's deputy took over the chase, just west of Big Wells.

One of the four taken to the San Antonio hospital later died, the department said. The vehicle was traveling around 100 miles per hour, the sheriff said.

The driver and passenger are US citizens and are likely to face state and federal charges, Boyd said.

Most of the passengers were ejected from the SUV in the crash. In 2012, 15 unauthorized immigrants were killed in Goliad County, Tex. when their truck ran off a highway.

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One of the drivers attempted to flee the scene and was chased by agents, US Border Patrol said in a statement.

A total of 14 people were in the vehicle, including the driver, who was not seriously hurt.

"This is not unusual", Boyd said. "This is, I think, a ideal example of why our borders need to be secure".

Some of the wounded were thrown from a vehicle packed with 14 people that was travelling at 100mph (160km/h), County Sheriff Marion Boyd told KFDM News TV.

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Boyd said he was not sure of the passengers' countries of origin, but that most immigrants passing through the county come from Mexico or Central America.

"If it can be built, then I think it should be built, but along with that, I think there needs to be cameras", Boyd said.

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