Multiple people injured and three killed in smuggling attempt
BOULEVARD (KUSI) – At least three people were killed and as many as 8 others injured late this afternoon when a truck being chased by border patrol agents crashed on Interstate 8 in the far southeastern reaches of San Diego County, authorities said.
The fatal crash occurred on the westbound side of the freeway near Crestwood Road shortly before 4:30 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
A witness told authorities one of the involved vehicles had been traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph just prior to the crash, the CHP reported.
There were 11 people in the truck; three people were killed, three suffered major injuries and five sustained minor injuries, according to Cal Fire, which reported that most, if not all of the survivors were taken to a hospital.
According to CHP, the truck was being chased by border patrol agents and crashed after possibly running over a spike strip.
Two of the victims were in the truck’s cab, a white Chevy Silverado, and the rest were riding in its bed, the station reported.
The wreck left both westbound lanes of the freeway blocked in the area into the early evening, according to Cal Fire.
The investigation into the smuggling incident is ongoing, and the Border Patrol is fully cooperating with the CHP in their investigation of the collision.