Texas deputies save two migrants from trunk of burning vehicle after smuggler flees
Kinney County Sheriff's Office says crash in Texas happened following a pursuit
Sheriff’s deputies in Texas have saved the lives of two migrants who were trapped in the trunk of a burning vehicle, Fox News has learned.
The dramatic rescue happened east of Del Rio on Tuesday following a pursuit that ended in a crash, according to Kinney County Sheriff Brad Coe.
Coe told Fox News that one of his deputies initiated a stop for speeding before the driver of the vehicle – a male U.S. citizen – tore off.
The driver then lost control along a curve and crashed the vehicle, which burst into flames.
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Deputies who responded to the wreck along Ranch Road 674 busted open the vehicle’s trunk when they heard screams, Coe said, ultimately rescuing two illegal immigrants who were inside it.
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The driver – who fled the scene of the crash – eventually was tracked down with a helicopter and was taken into custody.
Coe says federal authorities are now handling the case.
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Video of the wreckage posted by the Kinney County Sheriff’s Office shows flames and smoke rising from an overturned vehicle along the road.
There were no reported injuries.