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3 Killed, 8 Injured In I-8 Crash After Pickup Truck Flees Border Patrol

A Border Patrol agent vehicle sits between secondary fencing, which includes concertina wire at the top and bottom, and a basic chain-link fence, known as tertiary fencing. Photo was taken on Aug. 16, 2017
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A Border Patrol agent vehicle sits between secondary fencing, which includes concertina wire at the top and bottom, and a basic chain-link fence, known as tertiary fencing. Photo was taken on Aug. 16, 2017

A motorist was in custody Friday on suspicion of fleeing Border Patrol agents before losing control of the pickup and crashing on Interstate 8 in Boulevard, killing three people and injuring eight others.

The fatal crash happened shortly after 4:30 p.m. Thursday on the westbound side of I-8 near Crestwood Road, California Highway Patrol Officer Travis Garrow said.

Border Patrol agents attempted to stop a white Chevrolet Silverado near the U.S.-Mexico border in eastern San Diego County, but the driver of the pickup failed to stop, Garrow said.

The Chevrolet driver led agents on a high-speed chase on I-8 westbound before Border Patrol agents deployed a spike strip east of Crestwood Road that caused the driver to lose control of the pickup, Garrow said.

The pickup veered off the right side of the highway, went up a dirt embankment, became airborne, rolled down the embankment back onto I-8 westbound and came to a rest on its left side in the left lane of the highway, Garrow said.

The pickup had 11 occupants and the driver was the only person wearing a seat belt, Garrow said, adding that investigators believe two people were in the cab of the truck and the rest were lying in the bed of the pickup.

All 10 passengers were unrestrained at the time of the crash and were ejected from the pickup, Garrow said.

Three people were pronounced dead at the scene and eight people were transported to local hospitals with moderate to major injuries, Garrow said.

No details about the victims were immediately available.

The Chevrolet driver was taken into custody by Border Patrol agents and was being treated for his injuries at a local hospital, Garrow said.

Intoxication was not believed to have been a factor in the crash, Garrow said.