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6 killed, 7 hurt when SUV rolls during Texas police chase

6 killed, 7 hurt when SUV rolls during Texas police chase

EDNA, Texas (AP) — An SUV crammed with at least 15 people rolled during a police chase in South Texas early Thursday, leaving six people dead and seven more injured, police said.

Police are trying to determine who was driving the 2003 Ford Explorer when it crashed in Edna, about 90 miles southwest of Houston. Two people who ran from the scene were tracked down and detained, police Chief Clinton Wooldridge said.

Authorities are trying to identify the victims, some of whom came from Honduras and Guatemala, Wooldridge said.

He had no information on their legal status, but said the vehicle seemed to have been adapted to fit in many passengers, hinting at the possibility of a people-trafficking operation.

Five patients who were treated at Jackson County Hospital in Edna have been released to the custody of U.S. Border Patrol agents, hospital spokeswoman Donna Coleman said. She said two others are at a hospital in nearby Victoria in stable condition.

Officers tried to stop the SUV for a traffic violation but the vehicle sped away and police gave chase. As the vehicle veered onto Highway 59, the driver seemed to overcorrect and the SUV flipped several times, police said.

Four people died at the scene and two more died at hospitals, Wooldridge said.

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