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    15 dead when SUV carrying 27 collides with semi-truck near US-Mexico border

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    HOLTVILLE, Calif. ? Fifteen people were killed Tuesday when an SUV believed to be carrying 27 people struck a semi-truck in Imperial County, medical officials said.

    The crash occurred at 6:15 a.m. off state Route 115 north of Holtville, a city 11 miles east of El Centro.

    Fourteen people died at the scene, Judy Cruz, managing director for the emergency department at El Centro Regional Medical Center said in a news conference. Seven patients were taken to El Centro Regional Medical Center, where one died. Two patients were taken to Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

    Twenty-seven passengers were believed to be inside the SUV when it struck a semi-truck full of gravel, Cruz said.

    All lanes of northbound and southbound SR-115 were closed at Norrish Road, Caltrans San Diego said in a tweet.

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    27 people in one SUV? Is that even possible??


    Quote Originally Posted by marakisses View Post
    yes i said i will leave it under you storage he said cuddle with me i said shut up it over??? what am i doing wrong??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nic B View Post
    27 people in one SUV? Is that even possible??
    I was wondering the same thing.

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    https://kyma.com/news/top-stories/20...-in-holtville/

    . 13 killed in crash - still no word on the cause
    EL CENTRO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - UPDATE (3:24 PM)

    The California Highway Patrol (CHP) says it continues to investigate the cause of the crash that killed 13 people.

    CHP Chief Omar Watson said officials the driver of the gravel truck, a 69-year-old man, was treated at the Desert Regional Medical Center with moderate injuries.

    The driver of the SUV, a 22-year-old, died at the scene.

    Officials believe the driver may have been from Mexicali. Watson said they are investigating to see if everyone is a U.S. citizen but continue to work with the Mexican consulate to help with resources since those injured don't speak English

    CHP adds the youngest person in the vehicle is 16 years old. Some were ejected from the vehicle, others pulled themselves out, and officials helped others trapped in the SUV.

    The law enforcement agency received reports of a two-vehicle collision just after 6:15 a.m. on Tuesday at Highway 115 and Norrish Road. They continue to investigate the crash's cause but say they're investigating if the SUV stopped at the stop sign.

    Watson said although there's speculation out there of the SUV being chased, he adds that it wasn't. Still unclear why the driver of the SUV was driving on that road.



    The El Centro Regional Medical Center gives an update on a crash that left 13 people dead on Tuesday morning.

    ECRMC's CEO, Adolphe Edward, continues to work with the Mexican consulate to gather more information on the passengers.

    The California Highway Patrol (CHP) said the accident happened on Tuesday around 6:15 a.m. at Highway 115 and Norrish Road.

    Sergeant Juan Garcia with CHP said the semi-truck was driving northbound and the SUV westbound when they collided. Sgt. Garcia said 12 people died at the scene, another one died at the hospital, including the Ford Expedition driver.

    They also confirm children were involved in the crash, but their ages and condition are unknown.

    Paramedics transferred the driver of the semi-truck to the hospital, where he suffered moderate injuries and is at Desert Regional Medical Center being treated.

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    Federal authorities launch human smuggling investigation after deadly California crash

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    https://www.cbs8.com/article/news/lo...9-19efd7986be9

    CALEXICO, Calif. — Construction crews got deep into the trench at the very spot where there was a hole in the border fence east of Calexico. Workers used measuring tape while closing the 10-foot wide gap that agents say two SUV's drove through early Tuesday morning.

    El Centro Border Patrol says its surveillance shows about 44 migrants getting into the U.S. through two separate SUV's. One truck was a red Chevrolet Suburban carrying 19 people, which caught on fire, and its passengers escaped and were found hiding in the brush before being taken into custody.

    The burgundy Ford Expedition, crammed with 25 people, crashed into a tractor-trailer in Holtville, killing 13 people.

    "We have been able to identify 10 people of Mexican origin, who were deceased in the accident,” said Mario Beltran, consul for community affairs, Consulate of Mexico.

    The Expedition's 22-year-old driver is among the dead, and survivors of the crash are being treated at trauma centers in San Diego. The 68-year-old big-rig driver Joel Beltran is recovering in the hospital. Investigators say the SUV had 2 seats in the front – but all of the other seats were removed in the back – to cram more people inside.

    "Some of the victims were ejected from the vehicle, there were some walking wounded that pulled themselves out of the vehicle,” said Omar Watson, CHP Border Division Chief .

    The hole at the border has been fully repaired with reinforcements as investigators dig into the dangerous smuggling attempt.

    Our border no stranger to breaches. Just 10 days prior in Otay Mesa, border agents arrested 14 undocumented migrants they say were smuggled into the U.S. through an opening in the border wall there before getting into six separate vehicles

    Immigrant rights advocates are too following the case closely. Alliance San Diego released a statement saying "the tragic loss of precious life is a regular occurrence in the southern border region, often instigated by Border Patrol high-speed chases."

    But El Centro Border Patrol agents were adamant in saying the SUV was not being chased by border patrol.

    "There were no other agencies or no other law enforcement personnel behind the vehicle,” Watson said.

    The Mexican Consulate is contacting the families of the deceased.

    "Some of the families are in Mexico. Some of them are in the United States, and we will help them of course with the process of the transfer of remains,” Beltran said.

    The NTSB is continuing its investigation into the deadly wreck.



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