Officials said at least 15 people were killed when a Ford Expedition SUV collided with a semi-truck in Imperial County, California, just miles from the US-Mexico border.
A mass casualty accident occurred in Holtville, according to Imperial Fire Department Battalion Chief Juan Rodelo of Fox 11 in Los Angeles. Officials say a number of people have been wounded.
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According to The New York Times, fourteen people were found dead at the site of the accident, according to Judy Cruz, the managing director of the El Centro Regional Medical Center’s emergency department.
Cruz said, “We believe there were 27 passengers in this SUV when it collided with a semi-truck full of gravel.” Dr. Adolphe Edward, the medical center’s chief executive officer, characterized it as a “major accident” during a press conference.
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According to CNN, Edward said, “Patients are going through a tough time as you might imagine.” “This was a big accident, and we’re looking for them in the emergency room.”
Several survivors were transferred to local hospitals, including seven to El Centro Regional Medical Center, where one person died shortly after arriving, according to officials.
Officials told a Fox affiliate station that the Expedition was carrying 27 passengers.
According to authorities, the semi-truck driver sustained minor injuries as a result of the crash.
Imperial, about 100 miles east of San Diego and 15 miles from the Mexican border, was the site of the accident.
There were no further specifics available at the time.