At least five people have died in an incident in South Texas after a vehicle carrying undocumented immigrants flipped over on Sunday, ejecting 12 people. According to officials, four people were killed at the scene and a fifth person died of injuries at a hospital in San Antonio.
Border Patrol agents began chasing the vehicle around noon before a local sheriff’s deputy took over the chase. According to CNN, Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd issued the following statement concerning the incident:
“The vehicle ran off the road and caught gravel and then tried to recorrect and then caused the vehicle to turn over several times.”
“We’ve seen this many, many times, in not only this county but other counties along the border.”
At least six of the injured victims were taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio; at this time, the current conditions of the individual victims have not been released to the public, although one of the five who died is believed to have died in a hospital.
Officials are not sure where the vehicle was originally coming from
According to Boyd, there were 14 people in the vehicle, with the majority being undocumented immigrants. According to authorities, one passenger and the driver were United States citizens. At this time, officials do not know exactly where the vehicle was coming from.
Footage from a motorist who was an eyewitness to the crash was posted on Facebook; reportedly, the video showcased at least four bodies on the ground, as well as the Chevrolet and several Border Patrol vehicles at the scene. It is unknown at this time if the bodies seen in the video were four of the victims who lost their lives during the incident.
As this story is developing, more information will be released as made available.