At least 13 persons were killed and a dozen others were taken to hospitals soon after a gravel truck slammed into an overloaded sport utility car or truck just north of the California-Mexico border Tuesday morning, authorities mentioned.
The crash occurred about 6:15 a.m. PT at State Route 115 and Norrish Street in Imperial County, about 15 miles from the border, the highway patrol stated.
The semitruck comprehensive of gravel strike a Ford Expedition carrying 25 individuals including the driver, the highway patrol explained.
10 of the useless were being Mexican nationals, the Mexican Consulate in Calexico, California, claimed in a statement citing neighborhood authorities. The nationalities of the other three have not been established, it reported.
The SUV entered an intersection in entrance of the significant rig prior to it was struck, California Freeway Patrol Border Division Main Omar Watson stated.
There were only two seats in the SUV — the driver’s seat and the front appropriate seat. “Why that is so, we don’t know,” he mentioned, noting that devoid of seats, there had been not restraints for everybody inside. Quite a few men and women have been ejected, he reported.
“Definitely, that car is not meant for that numerous individuals,” he claimed.
Law enforcement officers at the scene of a lethal crash in Holtville, Calif., on Tuesday.Gregory Bull / AP
“Everyone in the car or truck was wounded to some extent,” he reported, incorporating that a several who experienced minor injuries had presently been produced from the clinic.
The highway patrol later on clarified the quantity of dead right after an location medical center originally reported at minimum 15 men and women have been killed in the crash.
The semi was headed north on Route 115, south of Norrish Road, and the Ford was traveling west on Norrish, just east of 115, officers claimed.
“At this point, it can be unfamiliar whether or not the Expedition stopped at the prevent indication, but it did enter the intersection in entrance of the big rig,” Watson told reporters earlier Tuesday. “Subsequently the big rig collided with the left aspect of the Ford Expedition.”
Twelve men and women, together with the Ford driver, have been pronounced lifeless at the scene, and yet another particular person died at a clinic, officials mentioned.
“You can find key, intrusive harm into the SUV,” Watson mentioned. Firefighters had to minimize out the ideal front seat of the Ford to get people today out, he said.
The victims have been men and women among the ages of 15 to 53, Watson clarified Tuesday afternoon.
A highway patrol news release lists the driver of the SUV who was killed as a 28-12 months-aged resident of Mexicali, which is in Mexico on the California border south of whether the crash happened. The Ford is mentioned as a 1997 vehicle. The driver of the bigger truck was also hurt.
Investigators at the scene of a collision between a sport utility car or truck and a tractor-trailer truck near Holtville, Calif., on Tuesday.Bing Guan / Reuters
Officials ended up however doing the job with the coroner’s office Tuesday afternoon to identify people killed and notify their family members, Watson mentioned.
He said investigators ended up operating with the Mexican consulate in situation it was essential for loved ones notifications. The spot is so shut to the border there is a whole lot of website traffic between the two nations, he reported.
It wasn’t promptly distinct how quickly the vehicles had been going.
The Nationwide Transportation Protection Board explained it was conducting an investigation into the crash.
Mexico’s government “expresses its profound sorrow” for the life missing, the consulate in Calexico mentioned. The consulate mentioned it and other consulates would give any assistance expected.