Car Explodes Near San Diego After Border Patrol Chase: Video

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Wreckage of car that exploded in eastern San Diego County

Wreckage of car that exploded in eastern San Diego County

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A car has exploded and its driver instantly killed on a stretch of road near the border between the U.S. and Mexico early on Thursday.

Before it exploded, Border Patrol agents first noticed the vehicle, which was wearing Texas number plates, driving down a border highway in the wrong direction.

They began to pursue it and managed to stop the vehicle using spike strips on Old Highway 80, just off Interstate 8 about 10 miles north of the border and 40 miles east of San Diego, according to ABC News.  

When Border Patrol agents approached and requested the driver to step out, the car exploded. The driver was killed and an agent injured on his arms and face by fire. The agent was later airlifted to the hospital and fortunately only suffered minimal injuries.

Local authorities are yet to determine the cause of the explosion or the identity of the driver. The San Diego Sheriff's Department is currently investigating the incident.

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Comments (3)
  1. It was a 'Mule-On-Wheels' if no one's figured that out by now.

  2. Wrong. Look at the pics. Read and re-read the articles. No drugs or guns, no contraband found. The car is burned in the rear? not as much in the front....I woder if a flashbang was used...study further befuther jumping to what may seem to be the obvios conclusion. All is not as it seems...it seems to me

  3. This is ridiculous! Alex Martin was a senior in college who was about to graduate with a degree in biology. He was a devout Christian and a great kid. He was not 25 he was 24. He was driving to San Diego in a rent car for spring break to meet some friends there. He was in a rent car because his car was old and he didn't want to put more miles on it. CARS DO NOT EXPLODE FOR NO REASON! THERE WAS NO GUN, NO DRUGS, NOT EXPLOSIVES, NO IMMIGRANTS, IN THAT CAR. ONLY A TIRED SCARED KID WHO WAS OBVIOUSLY LOST AFTER 21 HOURS ON THE ROAD. WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED OUT THERE ON THAT HIGHWAY IN THE DARK AND WHAT IS BEING COVERED UP

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