At least 5 dead after SUV carrying illegal immigrants crashes, sheriff says

5 dead after car flips in Border Patrol chase in TX

The fatal crash occurred around noon local time near Big Wells, which is about 100 miles southwest of San Antonio, Dimmet County Sheriff Marion Boyd told reporters at the scene.

The third vehicle kept going when agents encountered it, and a sheriff's deputy took over the chase prior to the fatal crash, the border patrol said.

All of the people killed were immigrants.

Two of the vehicles stopped and arrests were made from each vehicle, according to the U.S. Border Patrol.

U.S. Border Patrol said in a statement that one of its agents noticed three vehicles traveling together on a rural highway and believed a "smuggling event" was taking place. There were 14 people in the vehicle.

Authorities are investigating the scene where a auto full of undocumented immigrants being chased by Border Patrol agents crashed. The vehicle was traveling around 100 miles per hour, according to Boyd. Four of the passengers were pronounced dead at the scene and another died in hospital. One person died upon arriving at the hospital, he said.

Boyd said the vehicle was going more than 100 miles per hour before the crash.

He added: 'This is a ideal example of why our borders need to be secure'.

It's a problem. This is, I think, a ideal example of why our borders need to be secure.

CNN reports they reached out to Yolanda Choates, a spokeswoman for US Customs and Border Protection, but she directed all comments back to the sheriff's department.

"It's just extremely busy, we need the assets down here, we have a problem", Boyd said.

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