Deputies: 2 pickup trucks full of illegal immigrants crash

MATAGORDA COUNTY, Texas - Two pickup trucks stolen in Harris County filled with suspected immigrants were involved in a chase in Matagorda and Wharton counties on Tuesday, deputies said.

Matagorda County sheriff's deputies said they got a tip from Jackson County sheriff's deputies about 8 a.m. that a stolen Dodge pickup truck was headed their way on F.M. 616.

About 10 minutes later, a deputy found that Dodge traveling east on 12th Street in Bay City, investigators said. The deputy tried to stop the driver, but the driver kept going, officials said.

The deputy followed the Dodge and realized there was a Ford F-150 pickup truck traveling with it, investigators said.

Deputies, state troopers and Bay City police chased both pickup trucks north on Highway 60.

The Ford crashed about a mile north of Chalmers Road on Highway 60, detectives said.

Sixteen people were inside the Ford, investigators said. Four of them were injured and taken to a hospital.

Deputies said 10 people were taken to the Matagorda County Sheriff's Office. They were all from Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador or Guatemala.

Two people got away, officials said.

After the Ford crashed, deputies kept pursuing the Dodge. It traveled into Wharton County, where it crashed just north of County Road 114, detectives said.

Investigators said 12 people were inside the Dodge. All of them ran away after the crash, deputies said. None of them have been captured, officials said.

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