At least 13 killed in crash in Southern California, authorities say

At Least 13 Dead After SUV Packed With 25 Passengers Collides With Gravel-Filled Semitruck in California

At Least 13 Dead After SUV Packed With 25 Passengers Collides With Gravel-Filled Semitruck in California

Some people who survived the crash had been able to pull themselves from the auto.

"It's unknown whether or not the [Ford Expedition] stopped at the stop sign, but it did enter the intersection in front of the big rig".

The SUV did have children in it, but officials are still determining their ages, he said.

The awful collision took place Tuesday morning north of the city of Holtville, according to the Imperial County Fire Department.

The weather was clear. Twelve people died at the scene. Everyone else involved in the crash was injured.

The Imperial County Fire Department responded to reports of a mass fatality incident at 6.16am, Deputy Fire Chief Sal Flores and the county's Office of Emergency Services said. Because no one in the rear had seat belts, the number of casualties is incredibly high: 12 people died at the scene and three more at the hospital.

The accident was not a Border Patrol pursuit, Watson said, adding that "we're not exactly sure what caused the collision but there were no law enforcement involved".

Roberto Velasco, director of North American affairs for Mexico's Foreign Relations Department, confirmed Tuesday on his Twitter account that at least 10 of those killed have been identified as Mexicans. "We offer our profound condolences and reaffirm our commitment to the families of the persons who lose their lives". The passengers of the SUV ranged in ages from 16-55.

Shortly before the Highway Patrol news conference, officials from the El Centro Regional Medical Center, which received numerous people injured in the crash, said that 28 people had been in the SUV.

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Other injured passengers were treated at El Centro Regional Medical Center, Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District in Brawley, about 20 miles away, Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego and UC San Diego Medical Center.

ECRMC physicians described the injuries, ranging from lacerations to life-threatening head injuries. "This was a major accident and we are taking care of them in the emergency room department".

A Ford Expedition typically can safely seat up to eight people. There is little additional concrete information about them, where they had come from or where they were going. They were being cared for at several hospitals. The trailers he was pulling were not loaded, Watson said.

'We are close to the border, so we have people who come back and forth daily for work, ' he said. "That's not something we can necessarily rule out".

Authorities say 13 people were killed when an SUV carrying 25 people and a semitruck collided on a Southern California highway near the U.S. -Mexico border. "The investigation is ongoing and no further details are available at this time".

Adolphe Edward, CEO of the El Centro Regional Medical Center, said in an interview that he believed that the victims were migrants without legal status.

Authorities from various state and federal agencies are investigating the crash. In addition to ICE, the National Transportation Safety Board is partnering with CHP in an investigation. NTSB's investigator-in-charge who is expected to arrive Wednesday, will later be joined by two other investigators.

Prior to the crash, the group's Ford Expedition pulled onto Highway 115 from an adjacent street and into the path of the big rig under circumstances that remain under investigation, the chief said.

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