TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona authorities describe a chaotic scene from a weekend crash involving an SUV packed with 20 immigrants from Mexico and Guatemala as it fled the Border Patrol and flipped over, killing five people and injuring 15.
The vehicle was wrecked so badly that authorities had difficulty determining its make and model, and two injured immigrants attempted to run but were apprehended.
It's the latest in a series of deadly wrecks involving immigrants being smuggled into Arizona from Mexico in recent years.
State Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves says Border Patrol agents were about a quarter-mile behind the Chevrolet when it crashed Saturday night while exiting Interstate 10 about 20 miles east of Tucson.
The Border Patrol says agents had tried unsuccessfully to stop the vehicle.
Graves says none of the people in the vehicle had ID, but investigators believe the passengers were from Mexico and Guatemala.