MARANA, AZ – Three people were killed last weekend in a collision on I-10 near Marana, located about 20 miles north of Tucson, that was related to a U.S. Border Patrol pursuit, according to KOLD and CBS 5 News.
The crash occurred on I-10 at about 7 p.m. Saturday, after the driver of a Jeep Liberty reportedly failed to stop for an inspection near Three Points. A helicopter crew and other border patrol agents then began a pursuit of the vehicle, which was reportedly being driven in an erratic manner.
Border Patrol agents then used an immobilizer device on the vehicle on I-10 and Picacho Peak, which caused the driver to lose control of their vehicle. The Jeep then went over the median and collided with a tractor-trailer. The impact with the truck sent the Jeep back onto the other side of the roadway, and it then burst into flames.
Two people in the Jeep were pronounced dead at the scene.
Another two people were taken to the hospital via medical helicopter. One of those victims was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Another six people were taken to the hospital in unknown condition.
The collision remains under investigation by multiple agencies, including Homeland Security and the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
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