Sheriff: 5 dead in Texas border crash

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.

He said a Border Patrol agent initiated the pursuit before a unit for the sheriff's office took over.

"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. Boyd said the driver and one passenger were believed to be US citizens.

Four people believed to be undocumented immigrants were pronounced dead on the scene with a fifth pronounced dead after being transported to a San Antonio hospital.

Five undocumented immigrants were killed when an SUV they were in crashed by being chased by border patrol agents near Big Wells, Texas, June 17, 2018.

The Border Patrol said in a statement Sunday night that two other vehicles had been travelling alongside the SUV earlier in the day.

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"This is not unusual", Boyd said. "We dealt with him last week", Boyd said.

Six patients were taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio, Lt. Edwin Roberts said.

The passenger, also believed to be a US citizen, is now in custody.

When asked why Border Patrol agents started the chase, Boyd said, "It's called good police work".

Officials said four of the immigrants died in the crash, while nine others were injured. Dimmit County is directly north of Webb County and east of Maverick County, which border Mexico.

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