5 immigrants killed, several injured after SUV fleeing Border Patrol crashes

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

The crash happened Sunday on Highway 85 when Border Patrol agents tried to stop the driver of a Chevy Suburban in Dimmit County around noon.

Four were pronounced dead at the scene and another later in the hospital, Boyd said.

Thee were 14 people in the vehicle, including the driver and a passenger who were both USA citizens.

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

He added: 'This is a ideal example of why our borders need to be secure'. Boy believes the driver was scouting the area to try and pick up immigrants.

The other 12 passengers were undocumented immigrants, Boyd said.

Some injured were taken by helicopter to San Antonio, about 144.83 kilometres northeast. The driver was among those hospitalized, and a deputy who assisted the Border Patrol with the chase found the driver sitting upright in his seat and took him and the passenger into custody. He would not confirm if any of the patients had died.

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

Authorities are investigating the scene where a auto full of undocumented immigrants being chased by Border Patrol agents crashed. "There needs to be sensors". He said the pursuit was the result of "good police work", and gave his support for the construction of a border wall. Dimmit County is directly north of Webb County and east of Maverick County, which border Mexico.

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