Three people killed, one hospitalized after Border Patrol pursuit ends in vehicle collision
RANCHO BERNARDO (KUSI) — Three people were killed in a crash, and another seriously injured, on the southbound Interstate 15 Thursday afternoon.
At approximately 1:06 p.m., Border Patrol agents were conducting corridor operations on Interstate 15. During the course of their duties, agents conducted vehicle checks on a Black GMC Envoy which indicated alerts associated with a possible armed and dangerous murder suspect and alien smuggling. Agents attempted to initiate a vehicle stop near Deer Springs Road on the I-15.
The vehicle sped away, traveling at around 100 mph prior to veering off the freeway just south of West Bernardo Drive, smashing through a guardrail and tumbling down an embankment about 1:15 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
It was not immediately clear if the SUV struck any other vehicles.
Two of the four occupants of the SUV died at the site of the crash just south of West Bernardo Drive, CHP Officer Jake Sanchez said. Medics took the other two to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, where one was pronounced dead. The other was admitted for treatment of major trauma.
All southbound lanes were closed and a SigAlert was issued around 1:30 p.m.
Lanes would be closed until further notice as CHP investigates the circumstances of the crash and cleans the scene, CHP said. Southbound traffic was being diverted to carpool lanes.
Other details surrounding the circumstances of the crash were not made available.