The driver of an SUV that overturned while being followed by Border Patrol agents survived the weekend crash east of Tucson that killed five people, authorities say.

The driver is among the 15 people hurt when the Chevrolet crashed Saturday night while exiting Interstate 10 near Arizona 83, the Sonoita highway, said Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves.

The driver’s identity is not immediately available.

None of the people in the vehicle had identification but that investigators believe the passengers are from Mexico and Guatemala, Graves says.

Agents tried unsuccessfully to stop the vehicle as it traveled west on I-10, the Border Patrol says.

The Border Patrol agents were about a mile behind the SUV when the accident occurred on the off-ramp to Arizona 83, according to DPS.

Senior Editor, News, Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Az.

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