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SAN DIEGO : 3 Illegal Immigrants Hurt as Pickup Flips

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A 16-year-old U.S. citizen was driving a pickup truck filled with 10 illegal immigrants Thursday when she lost control of the vehicle, slightly injuring three of the immigrants, authorities said. Two U.S. Forest Service officers were traveling in a marked vehicle on Interstate 8 near Sunrise Highway about 3 a.m. when a pickup sped past them, the California Highway Patrol said. The officers turned on their emergency lights and siren, but the pickup continued to accelerate, authorities said. When the pickup’s speed neared 100 mph, the officers slowed down and turned off their lights and siren, the CHP said. The driver lost control at the top of an exit ramp, hit a steep embankment, traveled 50 feet up the embankment and rolled backward down to the roadway. The three injured people were taken by ambulance to a hospital, but they fled before they could be treated, the CHP said. The remaining seven were turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol. The girl was arrested by CHP officers on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle and was taken to Juvenile Hall.


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