3 dead, 8 injured after pickup chased by Border Patrol crashes

SAN DIEGO -- Three people were killed and eight people were injured in a rollover crash on Interstate 8 in rural East County Thursday.

Around 4:30 p.m., U.S. Border Patrol agents tried to conduct an enforcement stop on a driver of a white Chevrolet Silverado near the U.S.-Mexico border, according to California Highway Patrol. The driver did not yield and led agents on a high-speed chase on westbound I-8. After running over a spike strip east of Crestwood Road in Boulevard, the driver lost control of the pickup, which rolled down an embankment and crashed on its side.

A witness told authorities the vehicle was driving as fast as 100 mph before flipping over in the crash, a CHP incident log showed.

All 11 adults inside the pickup were ejected, according to CHP. Three people were pronounced dead at the scene and the other eight were taken to hospitals throughout San Diego.

Victims were being rushed to the hospital by ambulances because weather conditions prevented paramedics from using helicopters, according to a tweet by Cal Fire San Diego. Three of the patients' injuries were considered major.

The driver was taken into custody with Border Patrol and was being treated for his injuries at a hospital, CHP said.

Alcohol or drugs were not suspected to be a factor in the crash.

Both lanes of westbound I-8 were blocked in the area for several hours.