Tuesday, March 2, at least 13 people were tragically killed on the scene during a highway collision involving a semi truck and a SUV. The crash happened in Southern California near the US. – Mexico border. According to authorities there were 25 people inside the SUV, a Ford expedition.
California Highway Patrol Chief Officer Omar Watson spoke in a press conference detailing the tragic accident. “Obviously, that many people aren’t meant to be inside of that vehicle,” Watson said. “It’s unfortunate that, that many people were put inside that vehicle.”
According to the Officials at the El Centro Medical Center, six people were taken to El Centro for treatment. Three others were transferred to Pioneers Memorial Hospital. The 69-year-old truck driver suffered mild injuries and was transported to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs.
Several people were thrown from the SUV, Watson said. The injured casualty were between the ages of 20 and 55. Those who lost their lives were between the ages of 15 and 33. The crash happened near Holtville, California. The driver of the SUV was from Mexicali, Mexico. But it was unclear if the rest of the passengers were from Mexico or the US. The semi truck was carrying two empty trailers on state Route 115, according to reports.
“What we have to keep in mind is that 13 people died in this crash,” Watson said. “We owe it to the families and those killed and injured as well as the public to conduct a thorough and complete investigation.” Watson stated.
It is unclear at this time as to what caused the crash. The incident is currently being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.
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