4 killed in high-speed chase in West Texas

SANDERSON, Texas (AP) – A high-speed chase on a remote west Texas highway left four people dead, authorities said Monday.

The incident began Friday evening on US 90 east of Sanderson, about 230 miles (370.15 kilometers) west of San Antonio, according to a statement Monday from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

A DPS squad was blocking the crew’s cab pickup when the truck sped away. A pursuit ensued from Sanderson and North on US 285, then ended when the truck crossed into the oncoming lane of the two-lane highway and collided with an oncoming pickup. Both vehicles caught fire, as did the vehicle that was destroyed by the debris from the collision.

The fleeing truck killed an unidentified driver from Mexico and a male backseat passenger, both of Del Rio, Texas, along with the men in the oncoming truck, DPS said. The front-seat passenger in the runaway truck, a woman from Honduras, was airlifted to a hospital in Odessa, where she was listed in critical condition. DPS said the occupant of the third vehicle was not injured.

The DPS statement did not specify the reason for the traffic stop that triggered the chase.

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