Four People Dead, Three Injured After Suspected Human Smuggler Led Texas Police on High-Speed Chase in Same City Where 48 Migrants Were Found Dead in Tractor-Trailer

The vehicle crashed into a parked tractor-trailer near a gas station. (Twitter/@TxDPSSouth)

A human smuggler allegedly led authorities on a high-speed chase that ended with a fatal crash Thursday in the same Texas city where the infamous migrant death truck passed through an immigration checkpoint earlier in the week.

A white Jeep Wrangler believed to be carrying migrants was being chased when it veered out of control and slammed into the back of a tractor-trailer in Encinal, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Four people were killed and three were critically injured, the DPS said, and a photo the agency posted on Twitter appeared to show at least one body in the rear of the Jeep.

The driver was among those killed and the survivors were flown by helicopters to local hospitals, Encinal police said.

Encinal cops who responded to a Border Patrol request for assistance saw the Jeep race off I-35 and smash into the tractor-trailer, which wasn’t moving, Police Chief Pablo Balboa III said in a prepared statement.

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SOURCE: New York Post, MaryAnn Martinez and Bruce Golding

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