Multiple fatalities occurred in El Paso this morning when a car full of people fleeing from Border Patrol officers struck a parked semi trailer.
The crash occurred around 2:15 a.m. on June 25 at the intersection of Paisano Street and San Antonio Avenue in downtown El Paso, Texas.
“Seven people died after a car fleeing the Border Patrol crashed early Thursday morning in Downtown El Paso.
The crash occurred at 2:17 a.m. on Paisano Drive by San Antonio Avenue near Union Depot.”
— Briana Sanchez (@brie_san11) June 25, 2020
“U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Santa Teresa and El Paso Stations attempted to stop the vehicle. The vehicle fled and was subsequently involved in a motor vehicle accident with multiple fatalities,” U.S. Border Patrol said in a written statement.
El Paso Police say that Border Patrol was trying to stop the car because of a failure to yield violation. While agents were in pursuit, the car driver failed to negotiate a curve, crossed the center median and hit a a semi trailer without a truck attached that was being used for storage outside of a building.
El Paso Police say that 10 people were inside the car when it crashed into a semi trailer.
Tow trucks remove car in wreck that killed 7 on Paisano Dr. in Downtown El Paso while fleeing Border Patrol. pic.twitter.com/kmhl9vx0tR
— Daniel Borunda (@BorundaDaniel) June 25, 2020
Seven of the people inside the car died and another three people suffered life-threatening injuries.
The crash remains under investigation.
The crash is being called the deadliest that has occurred in El Paso in recent memory.