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Driver dead, Border Patrol agent burned as car in chase explodes

March 15, 2012 | 12:58 pm

A man was killed early Thursday morning when his car exploded after a pursuit by Border Patrol agents in eastern San Diego County, officials said.

A Border Patrol agent was burned in the explosion and airlifted to a hospital.

The pursuit began after a four-door Ford was spotted going the wrong way on Interstate 8 near Pine Valley. The driver left the freeway and his car ran over a spike strip.

As the Border Patrol agent approached the car, it exploded and was instantly engulfed in flames. The name of the dead man has not been released.

The Border Patrol agent suffered second-degree burns on his face and arms, officials said.

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-- Tony Perry in San Diego

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