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Seven people die in car crash during Texas Border Patrol chase

A damaged silver four-door vehicle is transported after being involved in a crash involving 10 people Thursday, June 25, 2020 In El Paso, Texas.

BRIANA SANCHEZ, THE EL PASO TIMES /AP

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: June 25, 2020

EL PASO, Texas — Seven people were killed and three others were injured when a car being pursued by the Border Patrol smashed into a building in a Texas border city early Thursday, authorities said.

El Paso Police Sgt. Robert Gomez said the victims were all inside a four-door car when it crashed shortly after 2:15 a.m. The three injured people were taken to hospitals, where they are in stable condition, he said.

The ages and nationalities of the victims weren't immediately known, Gomez said.

Gomez said the Border Patrol was trying to stop the car for a failure to yield violation.

The Border Patrol said in a statement that the agency is cooperating with the police investigation and that the crash was also under review by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Office of Professional Responsibility.

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