Three people were killed and injured in a crash on Thursday afternoon after the vehicle fled border police agents.
A high-speed hunt near the US-Mexico border in San Diego County ended with three dead and eight injured after a Chevrolet retrieval tried to escape from a control stop, hit a nail strip and rolled into a tires on Interstate 8 west, said the authorities in a statement.
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1 people – 9 of whom were unobstructed in bed – while weaving through traffic and traveling at speeds of over 100 mph, the witnesses said. A manschurer and a female passenger believed to be in the truck on the truck, spokesman official Travis Garrow said.
Border Patrol agents had attempted to carry out a shutdown at around 4:30 but the driver failed to give to the bordered vehicles and flew, the authorities said.
Agents deployed a nail strip as the vehicle traveled westward and the driver lost control, became airborne and rolled down a lane in a two-way interstate east of Crestwood Road, according to the San Diego Union Tribune.
A California Messenger Patrol spokesman told Fox News that the agency will release a press release on Friday with further information. Border Patrol did not immediately submit Fox News’s request for comments.
Three of the occupied were extinct dead on site, while the other eight led to “big to minor” injuries, the authorities said. The injured parties were transported to several local hospitals.
The driver is believed to be a US citizen and is now in the United States border patrol custody while being treated for his injuries, reported KFMB TV, referring to the authorities.
None of the passengers’ identities were released. It was not immediately clear if they were part of the migrating caravan waiting for entry to the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego. The authorities do not suspect that alcohol or drugs were involved in the collision.
KVP is now handling the survey.
Associated Press contributed to this report.