Posted: Mar 21, 2013 2:55 PM by Ben Lloyd - email@example.com
Updated: Mar 21, 2013 4:57 PM
KINGSVILLE - Six people died overnight when a truck packed with 15 suspected illegal immigrants slammed into a security barrier at NAS Kingsville.
Deputies in Kleberg County were chasing the GMC Sierra along Highway 77 when the driver turned onto NAS property.
The truck blew through the first checkpoint, but by the time the truck made it to the main gate, security personnel had raised barriers designed to prevent vehicles from coming into the facility. The driver swerved around the first barrier, then hit the second at a high speed.
Of the 15 people in the truck, six were pronounced dead on the scene, another nine are being treated for injuries. Some of the injured were taken to hospitals in Corpus Christi for critical care.
Officials say 10 people were crammed inside the extended cab while 5 more were in the bed of the truck under a tarp.
Officials have not released the nationalities or names of those involved in the crash. None of the NAS Kingsville personnel or authorities involved in the chase were injured.
The main gate is currently closed to outgoing traffic. NAS Kingsville is asking employees and personnel to use the Caesar Street gate to enter the facility until further notice.
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