EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – One person is dead Monday morning following a crash in the Upper Valley.

El Paso Police Special Traffic Investigators were at the scene where we were told a vehicle drove into a canal close to the intersection of Artcraft and Upper Valley Rd. just before 6 a.m. and 8 people were pulled from the water.

It’s not clear what led to the crash but fire officials confirmed one person died, while seven others were transported to the hospital, one was critical.

Victor Manjarrez, the director of Center for Life and human behavior at UTEP, says the occupants in the car were possibly already in a fearful situation due to lack of driving experience or past encounters with law enforcement which means if they are asked to pull they would rather drive away. 

He also says that they are following a procedure that is called “bailout”. 

“Is when you bailout of a vehicle or jump out of a vehicle is that law enforcement will pursue the vehicle which they will and they stop and hit another vehicle, a pedestrian, a house things of that nature and that way it gives them the opportunity to flee.”

Police are saying that this was not a pursuit by law enforcement.

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