BRAWLEY — Twenty-five illegal immigrants were injured today near here when the pickup they were stowed in crashed into a ditch as the driver tried to evade authorities.
The U.S. Border Patrol this morning was continuing to track the driver, who fled the accident scene, leaving the migrants strewn around the ditch near Griffin and Highline roads.
The accident occurred shortly after midnight.
County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy David Prince said a deputy patrolling east of Holtville spotted a pickup traveling at a high rate of speed with its lights off.
The deputy signaled for the pickup to stop and the driver fled on Highline Road, heading north in the southbound lanes with the truck's lights still out.