Fox News reports a tragic scene unfolded this afternoon near the Texas-Mexican border as "12 people were ejected from an SUV carrying illegal immigrants after it crashed following a high-speed chase with U.S. Border Patrol vehicles".
Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd said there were 14 people in the vehicle at the time of the crash, and 12 of them were undocumented immigrants.
One of the four taken to the San Antonio hospital later died, the department said. Officials said they believe the driver and passenger are both US citizens.
When asked why Border Patrol agents started the chase, Boyd said, "It's called good police work".
Some injured were taken by helicopter to San Antonio, about 144.83 kilometres northeast.
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He added: "This is a ideal example of why our borders need to be secure".
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He said the driver, whose name was not immediately released, was known to police as a human smuggler. Four of those people died at the scene, officials stated. He said one passenger was taken into custody.
The sheriff said he hadn't spoken to Border Patrol on the exact cause of the pursuit and nature of the crash.
Boyd said there needs to be a wall built because this is a "real problem" in the area.
Footage of the crash showed four bodies on the ground, the charred Chevrolet and several Border Patrol vehicles at the scene.