Two people were killed and at least 12 others were injured Wednesday when a truck full of illegal immigrants crashed into a ditch as it was being pursued by Texas police.
The chase began Wednesday morning when police in the town of San Diego, in Duval County about 50 miles west of Corpus Christi, determined that the truck had a false license plate. The driver of the truck sped off when he or she spotted the cruiser, San Diego police said.
About 30 miles south of San Diego, the truck — which police said may have been carrying as many as 17 illegal immigrants — ran into a 30- to 40-foot-deep ditch near the town of Premont and rolled over several times.
Two bodies were found pinned beneath the truck, 10 people were treated at area hospitals, three of whom were in serious condition, NBC station KRIS of Corpus Christi reported. At least two others reported minor injuries. The injured included a 13-year-old boy with pain in his legs.
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Three of the alleged illegal immigrants were later found hiding in the brush, police said.
Video shot by KRIS showed the black Ford 4 X 4 pickup with its roof flattened almost into its truckbed.
The region, about 85 miles north of the border with Mexico, is a popular transit point for "coyotes" moving illegal immigrants through South Texas, KRIS reported.
First published April 9 2014, 9:17 PM
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