At least 13 people dead after SUV, semitruck collide in Southern California, hospital says

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    At least 15 people dead after SUV, semitruck collide in Southern California, hospital says

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/a...nia-hospital-says/ar-BB1e9XT1?ocid=uxbndlbing

    At least 15 people died after an SUV with dozens of passengers collided with a semitruck carrying gravel near the U.S.-Mexico border in California on Tuesday morning, according to officials with El Centro Regional Medical Center.

    "We believe there was 27 passengers in this SUV that struck a semitruck full of gravel," emergency room managing director Judy Cruz said in a Facebook Live video.

    At least 14 people died at the scene of the "major accident," Cruz said. Three people were flown from the scene to a hospital, she said. Seven patients were taken to El Centro, where one person died, she said. Cruz said the hospital had called for air support from other agencies to transport three of the patients to other facilities.

    California Highway Patrol Officer Jack Sanchez told USA TODAY the crash involved a big rig and a Ford Expedition at the intersection of State Route 115 and Norrish Road near Holtville, California. The big rig driver suffered "multiple injuries," Sanchez said.

    Holtville is about 50 miles west of Arizona and 10 miles north of the border.

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    27 passengers???
     
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    I was thinking the same thing. Some kind of shuttle?
     
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    It is not uncommon to transfer farm workers, from one field to another, jammed into a vehicle like that.

    It’s also possible the driver was a coyote.

    Whatever the circumstances, it is a horrible tragedy. Such is the life (and death) of the poor.
     
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    Update: 13 dead. Only 25 in the SUV (meant for 8). Suspected to be a smuggler or smugglers transporting illegal immigrants and it is believed that they had allegedly driven through a hole in an older portion of the border wall.
     
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    SUV in Crash Came Through Hole in Border Fence

    https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/ca...=nbc8240&_osource=newltr_station_Hdlines_knsd

    Thirteen people killed in one of the deadliest border crashes on record were among 44 people who entered the U.S. through a hole cut into Southern California's border fence with Mexico, the Border Patrol said Wednesday.

    Gregory Bovino, the agency’s El Centro sector chief, told The Associated Press that surveillance video showed a Ford Expedition and Chevrolet Suburban drive through the opening early Tuesday. It’s believed they were part of a migrant smuggling operation.

    The Suburban carried 19 people and it caught fire after entering the U.S. All escaped the vehicle and were taken into custody by Border Patrol agents.

    The Expedition crammed with 25 people continued on, and a tractor-trailer struck it a short time later. Ten of the 13 killed have been identified as Mexican citizens. The rest of those in the SUV and the truck driver survived.

    The Border Patrol said its agents were not pursuing the vehicle before the crash. The opening in the fence was about 30 miles east of the crash in the heart of California’s Imperial Valley, a major farming region, and about 100 miles from San Diego.

    The fence was made of steel bollards that were built before former President Donald Trump blanketed much of the border with taller barriers that go deeper into the ground.

     

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