February 10, 2006

Twenty-one hurt in U.S. Border Patrol chase

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A U.S. Border Patrol pursuit near
San Diego ended on Friday when a van believed to be
transporting illegal immigrants crashed, injuring at least 21
people, including eight critically, police said.

The other injuries were apparently minor, said Maurice
Luque, a spokesman for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. He
said the van involved in the crash carried 28 people.

The pursuit began early in the afternoon when the drivers
of three vans and a sedan -- possibly transporting illegal
immigrants -- fled from federal agents near the U.S.-Mexico
border in southern San Diego County, authorities said.

The pursuit ended when the driver of one of the vehicles
veered, spun out of control, careened off the freeway and
overturned in a gully, police said.