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Police: 6 migrants killed in Texas SUV wreck

Law enforcement move a vehicle as they investigate a fatal wreck that left six migrants dead and several others injured outside Robstown, Texas on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (Courtney Sacco/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)

Six migrants who had crossed the U.S. border from Mexico illegally were killed and five critically injured when a sport utility vehicle that earlier fled Texas police crashed into a drainage ditch, authorities said Wednesday.

The incident began about 10 p.m. Tuesday when police in Robstown, 220 miles (354 kilometers) southwest of Houston, tried to stop the SUV for speeding but broke off the chase when officers lost sight of the vehicle in a brushy area, Robstown Police Chief Erasmo Flores said at a Wednesday afternoon news conference.

Authorities knew nothing of the wreck until about 4 a.m., when a resident called 911 to report an injured man had come to her door, Nueces County Sheriff J.C. Hooper said. Deputies couldn’t find the man, but an hour later they encountered two injured young men walking along a road who told of the wreck, Hooper said.

The SUV was traveling as fast as 50 mph (80 kph) when it crashed, Nueces County sheriff’s Capt. Daniel Lorberau said. Several people had to be extricated and were taken to hospitals. In addition to the dead and critically injured, three others suffered lesser injuries.

AP News

6th June 2019

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