Border Patrol agents rescue 3 locked in trunk of burning car

Burned vehicle

Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Three people trapped in the trunk of a burning vehicle were rescued by Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents.


by Jennifer Thomas

Posted on April 15, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 17 at 12:49 PM

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents rescued three people trapped in the trunk of a burning car Saturday night. 

A Casa Grande Station agent working near Federal Route 15 observed a suspicious vehicle traveling northbound, according to officials with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. As the agent initiated a traffic stop, the vehicle suddenly stopped and burst into flames.

Four people jumped out of the vehicle and attempted to evade arrest. Agents quickly apprehended two of them. A third person returned to the scene and told agents that there were people locked in the trunk.

Agents rescued one adult and two juveniles who were trapped inside. The juveniles were suffering from symptoms of smoke inhalation and were transported to a hospital for treatment.

A short time later, agents apprehended the fourth person who fled.

The Tohono O'odham Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire that had also spread into nearby brush.

All seven individuals were determined to be Mexican nationals illegally present in the United States.

The driver of the vehicle faces possible prosecution.