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Border Patrol car chase leaves 7 dead, 3 injured in El Paso

Seven people were killed and three others were injured Thursday in a crash in El Paso, Texas, after a chase with Border Patrol agents.

El Paso police spokesman Sgt. Robert Gomez said 10 people were inside a gray Chevrolet Cruze that drove off after it was stopped by authorities. It ultimately crashed into a parked trailer.

The injured people were reported to be in stable condition. 

“It’s a bad accident,” Gomez said to the El Paso Times.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said in a statement Friday that agents were responding to “suspicious activity in close proximity to the border with Mexico” in an area “known by agents to be used frequently by transnational criminal organizations for human smuggling.” 

Agents rendered aid to the victims after the crash, and the incident has been taken up by CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

Thursday’s crash was the second this year to occur on the same stretch of road. A man was killed in a similar incident after trying to drive off from Border Patrol.

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