Three people died and another eight were injured after a high-speed Border Patrol chase ended in a crash near San Diego on Thursday.
The chase involved a Chevrolet Silverado with two people in the cab and nine in the bed, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports, citing California Highway Patrol officer Travis Garrow. The truck was fleeing Customs and Border Protection agents at a “extremely high rate of speed,” he said.
The vehicle hit a spike strip, rolled over and drove into an embankment, KGTV reports.
The crash resulted in three fatalities, three major injuries and five minor injuries, according to a tweeted statement by CAL FIRE San Diego Public Affairs Bureau.
The incident occurred on Interstate 8 in southeastern San Diego County, a location less than 10 miles from the border with Mexico, CAL FIRE says.
A California Highway Patrol log reports that the vehicle was was traveling at “over 100MPH.”
A Customs and Border Protection spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment.
Following the crash, the truck’s driver was in Border Patrol custody, The Union-Tribune reports, citing Garrow.
It’s not the first deadly crash involving border patrol this year — five people died in a June crash in southwest Texas that began when a Border Patrol agent saw a vehicle coming north from the border.
The chase topped 100 mph and officials said 14 people were packed into Chevrolet Suburban at the time of the crash, including 12 undocumented immigrants.
Contributing: KENS-TV, San Antonio
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