Pursuit Ends in Deadly Rollover Northwest of Premont

A pursuit in Jim Wells County became deadly when a truck carrying illegal immigrants rolled over and crashed through a fence on Wednesday.

It happened on County Road 425, some 10 miles northwest of Premont.

Kiii News Reporter Mike DaSilva went Live from the scene of where the accident occurred with the details.

The chase began when a Department of Public Safety trooper noticed that a blue Dodge Ram pickup's license plates were stolen. He tried to pull the truck over, but the truck wouldn't stop, and sped west on County Road 425 at 75 miles per hour.

There are now skid marks visible on the road where it crashed into the fence. The truck ended up upside down on its roof. It is a wonder that anyone survived.

DPS officials said there were 13 people in the truck, including the driver. The driver, who officials called the coyote, or human smuggler, got out of the truck immediately after the crash and ran into the brush. Authorities were not able to find him.

Four immigrants were looked at by EMS on the scene, and then taken into custody by the U.S. Border Patrol. Three others were taken by Halo Flight to the trauma center in Corpus Christi.

One of them, a 24-year old male from Mexico, died in the crash. The other two are in critical condition.

Five others were taken to Christus Spohn Hospital in Alice.

"This is what we end up with. They try to run away from law enforcement, they lose control," DPS Trooper Charlie Ramirez said. "These vehicles are loaded with people that sometimes end up being killed and or injured, and you know, it happens."

DPS officials said the truck may have been stolen, and that the immigrants in the truck were from El Salvador, Mexico and Guatemala.


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