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Border Patrol Discusses Accident

Border Patrol officials are defending the actions of agents who tried to stop a pickup loaded with illegal immigrants before it crashed Thursday in eastern San Diego County.

A Border Patrol spokesman says agents obeyed instructions to turn off their flashers and to fall back when the truck did not pull over. Officials say the pickup rolled over when the driver swerved onto the median in an apparent attempt to elude a third agent, who was preparing to lay a spike strip across the highway.

The C-H-P says all 21 occupants were ejected and a fiberglass camper shell landed 50 feet away. Two men died instantly. Six of the injured, including three children, were airlifted to hospitals. Investigators are trying to determine who was driving the truck.