Several dead in vehicle crash near Texas border

Several dead in vehicle crash near Texas border

At least five people died Sunday when a Chevrolet Suburban carrying them rolled over and crashed on a Texas highway while fleeing the U.S. Border Patrol and local officials, authorities said.

Fourteen people were inside the auto, 12 of them were ejected from the vehicle after traveling over 100 miles per hour before rolling over at noon on Highway 85, said the Dimmit County Sheriff's Office.

One of the four taken to the San Antonio hospital later died, the department said. Boyd told San Antonio television station WOAI the driver and one passenger were believed to be USA citizens. "This is I think a ideal example of why our borders need to be secured".

"We've seen this many, many times, in not only this county but other counties along the border", Boyd told CNN.

Some of the victims were flown by helicopter to San Antonio for medical treatment. The passenger in the front seat is reportedly in police custody.

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"Our deepest sympathies go out to the families of those who died in the crash", the Border Patrol said. The vehicle was traveling around 100 miles per hour, according to Boyd.

He said his deputies are often involved in chases pursuing people suspected of smuggling undocumented immigrants and drugs.

Boyd told WOAI a wall needs to be build because illegal immigration is "a real problem" in the area. The weight of the people causes the vehicle to become unstable and makes it easy for crashes to occur, Border Patrol officials previously told Breitbart Texas.

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