2 dead after failed border crossing attempt: Men found in trunk of car at San Ysidro port of entry

SAN DIEGO - Two men who were found inside the trunk of a car that was coming across the San Ysidro border crossing Tuesday have died, authorities reported.

Angelica De Cima, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said the incident was "related to an alleged illegal entry attempt."

According to the agency, at about 2:30 p.m. a 41-year-old man, who is a U.S. citizen, arrived at the San Ysidro port of entry driving an orange 2012 Dodge Challenger.

A CBP officer referred the car and driver for a more in-depth inspection. Officers ran the vehicle through the port's imaging system and detected anomalies in the trunk. 

They opened the trunk and found two men inside, a 28-year-old and a 20-year-old, who appeared to be unconscious and not breathing. The men were taken to local hospitals.

Authorities were later informed that both men, who were citizens of Mexico, had died. 

The driver was taken into custody. CBP officers are investigating the case.

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