(Reuters) – Five immigrants died and several others were injured on Sunday when their vehicle careened out of control while being chased by U.S. Border Patrol agents in Texas about 90 miles (145 km) north of the Mexican border, U.S. media reported, citing officials.
Some of the injured were ejected from a Chevy Suburban packed with 14 people that was traveling up to 100 miles per hour (160 kph), Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd told KFDM News 4 television of San Antonio.
“The vehicle ran off the road and caught gravel and then tried to recorrect and then caused the vehicle to turn over several times,” Boyd told CNN.
“We’ve seen this many, many times, in not only this county but other counties along the border,” Boyd told CNN. “This is a perfect example of why our borders need to be secure.”
Some of the victims were flown by helicopter to San Antonio for medical treatment.
Border Patrol agents attempted to stop the vehicle when the chase ensued and were soon joined by Dimmit County deputies, KFDM reported.
Television images showed the smashed vehicle missing at least two wheels, with debris strewn across the road at the Big Wells city limit.
Four people died at the scene and a fifth died later, KSAT 12 television of San Antonio reported. The driver was arrested by Homeland Security officials, KSAT reported, citing unnamed officials.
Reporting by Daniel Trotta in New York; Editing by Peter Cooney