Police say 13 killed when semitruck hit SUV carrying 25 people

Yolanda Curtis
March 3, 2021

Barely a mile from where an SUV packed with 25 people struck a tractor-trailer - killing 13 inside - a cemetery with unmarked bricks is a burial ground for migrants who died crossing the border from Mexico to remote California desert. "The investigation is ongoing, and no further details are available at this time".

Authorities say no. For decades, there have been concerns about the high death toll in crashes along the California-Mexico border.

He said the immigration status of those in the SUV was unknown and being investigated.

Deputies described a gruesome scene in which 12 people were found dead and the wounded were walking around aimlessly or trying to free themselves from the vehicle.

Although it varies by trim and model year, the Ford Expedition typically is created to hold five to eight people. "It's unfortunate that that many people were put into that vehicle because there's not enough safety constraints to safely keep those people in that vehicle".


Several people were ejected from the vehicle, authorities said.

The CHP noted that the age range for the injured were 16-55; the age range for those that died is 20-55. The injured passengers had been taken to El Centro Regional Medical Center; Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley, California; and Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, California.

The full statement: "As of noon today, UC San Diego Health has received three patients transferred from El Centro Regional Medical Center (ECRMC) via air ambulance". "This was a major accident and we are taking care of them in the emergency room department".

In response to questions about the SUV's passengers, Watson said investigators were working to determine their identities and also to notify the families who lost loved ones. At the time of the crash, the semitruck was traveling north on state road 115 and the Expedition was traveling west on Norrish Road.

Earlier in the morning, officials with the El Centro Regional Medical Center initially reported the incident involved an SUV with 27 passengers inside and a truck hauling gravel.


"There were 25 occupants in the Ford Expedition, including the driver", Watson said.

The Imperial County Fire Department and California Highway Patrol did not immediately respond to inquiries from Fox News. He did not identify the nationalities of the injured, but said that authorities had reached out to the Mexican Consulate for help, and that it was not yet clear whether any of the passengers were American citizens.

"We're not sure if the vehicle [SUV] ran the stop sign or if the vehicle stopped and entered unsafely", said Arturo Platero, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol's El Centro office.

But U.S. Border Patrol officials said the agency was not involved in a pursuit with the SUV.

I just want to say that our staff and the team, EMS, have all done a great job updating us on statuses of the patients as they came in, so that we could be prepared and ready with everything as they came into the doors.


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