SAN YSIDRO (CNS) - Two people were struck and killed by a car after an apparent attempt to illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border in the predawn hours Sunday.
A van loaded with at least nine people sped north out of Mexico, up the wrong way on Interstate 5 at the San Ysidro port of entry, at around 1:45 a.m., according to Border Patrol officer Tekae Michael.
The vehicle stopped on the shoulder and the nine bailed out of the vehicle, about a mile north of the International Boundary, at about 1:48 a.m., Michael said.
Border Patrol agents did not initially pursue the vehicle, but attempted to make contact with the passengers of the vehicle at about 2 a.m.
At about 2:06 a.m., two of the passengers were reported to have suddenly run in front of a southbound Chevrolet Trailblazer, which had been traveling south at about 65 miles per hour in the number four lane, near Via de San Ysidro, according to the CHP.
The driver of the Trailblazer attempted to evade the two, but was unsuccessful and both were struck, the CHP said.
The driver pulled over to the right shoulder immediately after the crash and called 911, the CHP said.
The two pedestrains died of their injuries at the scene.
Border Patrol agents arrested the seven other passengers.
A portion of the freeway was closed for a short time after the crash, but was reopened by 3 a.m., Michael said.
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