CNN is reporting a crash from late Wednesday, March 20, 2013, has killed six undocumented immigrants and injured nine others. The accident happened after the truck being chased by police crashed into a security barrier at a Navy facility in Texas.
UPDATE: Seven are now said to be dead and eight injured
Fifteen people were in the truck with 10 of them being tightly packed inside the cab. Five others were under a tarp in the bed of the truck according to John Gagne, spokesman for Naval Air Station Kingsville.
The crash happened late on Wednesday night when the extended pick-up truck zoomed past an officer at the main gate of the base. Gagne told CNN that the base is just south of Corpus Christi, TX.
The GMC Sierra was being chased by the Kingsville police about 11:15 p.m. when the truck ran into the checkpoint. The U.S. Border Patrol personnel were said to have been involved in the chase earlier in the night, but that appears to be incorrect.
There is no word at this time as to why the truck was originally being pursued.
Guards at the base did deploy a pop-up barrier outside of a second security post, and the truck did not slow down at all right before it slammed into the obstacle.
"That's exactly what the barrier is designed to prevent," Gagne said, referring to the driver's behavior. "It's quite possible this guy didn't even know where he was."
No-one from the base or the law enforcement agencies are among those injured. Names of the victims have not been released yet.