Border Patrol: 2 dead, 7 hurt in South Texas wreck, SUV in alleged immigrant smuggling attempt

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RICARDO, Texas — Investigators say two people have been killed and seven hurt when an SUV rolled after speeding away during a South Texas immigration stop.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says the accident happened Wednesday morning near Ricardo.

Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora says the wreck apparently involved smugglers trying to elude agents.

DPS Cpl. Charlie Ramirez says the Chevy Tahoe was northbound on U.S. 77 and pulled over for an immigration traffic stop. The driver sped away, lost control and the SUV went into a ditch and rolled.

DPS says one person died at the scene. Another died at a hospital in Kleberg, where the seven injured people were also taken. Their names and conditions weren't immediately available.

Messages left for U.S. Customs and Border Protection weren't immediately returned Thursday.

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