A Border Patrol agent is positioned by the border fence. File photo by Chris Stone

Two men were killed and a woman critically injured Tuesday evening in a collision between a car and a big rig at an Otay Mesa intersection.

The fatal wreck at Otay Mesa Road and Sanyo Avenue was reported shortly before 6:30 p.m., according to San Diego police.

A man and woman were seen about 5 p.m. on surveillance video illegally crossing into the United States at the Otay Mesa border crossing, then running to a car that appeared to be waiting for them and speeding away, according to the U.S. Border Patrol.

Border Patrol agents attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the driver did not stop.

“They initiated their lights and sirens, at which point the vehicle failed to yield to those emergency lights and sirens and fled from the Border Patrol agents,” according to Border Patrol Agent Justin Castrejon. “We’re hearing from (some of) the agents here of speeds in excess of 100 mph.”

The driver ran a red light at the intersection and collided with the semi, killing the driver and his front passenger, the Border Patrol said. The woman was airlifted to a hospital in critical condition. The names of those involved in the crash were not immediately released.

The intersection of Otay Mesa Road and Sanyo Avenue was closed while agents investigated the crash.

This was the second wreck involving people trying to outrun the Border Patrol on Tuesday evening. Earlier in the evening, a woman carrying four Mexican nationals crashed after leading Border Patrol agents on a chase in Boulevard.

Updated at 11:40 p.m. Feb. 19, 2019.

City News Service

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