Police pursuit in Texas ends in crash, killing 6

Six people have been killed and several others have been injured after an SUV lost control and overturned during a police pursuit in Texas. It is believed the vehicle may have been involved in smuggling illegal immigrants across the Mexico-U.S. border.

The chase began at around 1:30 a.m. CT on Thursday after an officer with the Edna Police Department attempted to stop a Ford Explorer in Edna, southwest of Houston, for a traffic violation. "The pursuit went through Edna and back and ended up back on U.S. Highway 59 northbound where the vehicle lost control and overturned several times, and multiple people were ejected from the vehicle," said Dan San Miguel, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety.

Authorities believe the SUV was carrying at least 15 people and seats inside had been folded down or removed in an apparent attempt to create room for more people. Some of the victims have been identified as being from Honduras and Guatemala, KTRK-TV reported. It is unclear if they were being smuggled across the border from Mexico.

Six people were killed in the accident and seven others were injured. Two survivors who fled from the scene were later taken into custody.

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