A dark street was lit up with emergency red and blue lights as investigators worked the scene of a fatal single vehicle accident on Sunday at approximately 9:45 p.m. one mile west of Premont.
A 2006 white Chevy Silverado crashed into a tree at the intersection of Farm-to-Market 716 and County Road 415.
The driver and another man were pronounced dead at the scene.
According to Department of Public Safety troopers, the truck was occupied by approximately 14 people not including the driver.
The white pickup truck was involved in a short pursuit earlier in the day and was discontinued when the deputy lost sight of it, said DPS Trooper Jeffrey Constant.
Brooks County Deputy Elias Pompa stated a passerby had seen the undocumented immigrants get into the truck on Highway 281 and called police officials.
The deputy located the Chevy Silverado near County Road 418 and followed the vehicle. When he activated his emergency lights the truck “took off”, Deputy Pompa stated.
Deputy Pompa stated he lost sight of the vehicle when it turned on to CR 415 and discontinued the pursuit.
The driver, who has not been identified, was traveling north on CR 415 when he disregarded the stop sign and hit the tree head on, Constant stated.
According to DPS officials, the truck attempted to make a left hand turn at a high rate of speed and went off the roadway before he struck the tree.
Anyone not in the bed of the vehicle was trapped in the cab, troopers stated.
Blood splatter, a white pair of tennis shoes and trash covered the black top street.
According to DPS Trooper Joe Abru, the other occupants were transported to several hospitals by air and ground.
Three unidentified passengers were air lifted to Corpus Christi Spohn Memorial Hospital in critical condition. Five unidentified passengers were transported by ground to Spohn Kleberg in Kingsville. Four other unidentified passengers were transported by ground rescue to Spohn Alice in Alice.
According to DPS officials, several of the unidentified immigrants were in the Intensive Care Unit in a coma.
Three of the unidentified passengers transported to Alice Spohn by ground rescue were Halo flown to Spohn Memorial Hospital in critical condition.
The truck is registered out of Houston, according to officials at the scene.
Border Patrol had been notified of the accident.
The investigation is ongoing.