Four people dead, seven injured after fleeing from Border Patrol

Photo via Texas DPS and Donna PD

Four people are dead and seven others are facing life threatening injuries after the driver of a minivan fled from Border Patrol on Sunday

The crash happened around 8 a.m. after the driver of a Mercury minivan saw a Border Patrol unit nearby.

The driver immediately fled north on F.M. 493 towards Donna.

According to Border Patrol, at about three miles south of town, the driver lost control, struck a tree and swerved into a sugar cane field.

Agents found 11 people in the vehicle. Four were pronounced dead at the scene and the seven other passengers were taken to various Valley hospitals. Two had to be airlifted.

ICE Homeland Security Investigators, Texas Department of Public Safety, Donna PD and Border Patrol are investigating the accident.

Border Patrol Chief Henry Mendiola said that it is still too early to tell, but preliminary indicators show that this was a group of undocumented immigrants.