Fifteen people were killed when a four-wheel drive vehicle and a semi-truck collided in Imperial Province Tuesday morning, north of the US-Mexico border.
The accident occurred at 6:20 a.m. on Highway 115 on Norrish Road, a Battalion Commander with the Imperial County Fire Department confirmed to CBS News.
California Highway Patrol officer Arturo Platero told CBS News that a Ford Expedition and a large excavator collided.
In a news briefing, Judy Cruz, managing director of the emergency department at El Centro Regional Medical Center, told reporters that at least 14 people have died at the scene, according to CBS affiliate KFMB.
Cruz said the SUV was carrying 27 passengers. Three people were airlifted to other hospitals and seven were taken to El Centro Regional. Cruz said at least one person died after arriving at the medical center.
The wreckage occurred 15 miles north of the US-Mexico border.
CHP is investigating. Multiple law enforcement and firefighting agencies were sending emergency personnel to the scene.
At least 12 people were killed in a multi-vehicle wreckage reported Tuesday morning in Southern California, according to multiple reports.
California Highway Patrol officer Arturo Platero said at least 12 people died after a car collided on the Imperial County Road with a semi-truck traveling in the opposite direction.
The incident, which was declared a “mass murder,” occurred at around 6:15 am local time, in Holtville, a short distance from the US-Mexico border.
Arturo Platero, a California Highway Patrol officer, told CNN that a crash of several vehicles in Imperial County, California, killed at least 12 people. Platero said that one of the vehicles was traveling west on Norrish Road near State Highway 115 when it drove “in the direct lane” of a large truck traveling north on Route 115. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
Hospital officials said a 4×4 vehicle believed to be carrying 27 people collided on Tuesday with a semi-trailer bus in Southern California, killing 15 people and wounding others.
Judy Cruz, director of the emergency department at El Centro Regional Medical Center, said 14 people died at the scene and another died after arriving at the hospital.
Officials believe there were 27 people in an SUV that collided with a tractor trailer full of gravel. Many patients have been airlifted or taken to hospitals due to their injuries.
“Of course, patients are going through a little tough time, as you can imagine,” said Dr. Adolf Edward, CEO of El Centro Hospital.
It was not immediately clear what caused the accident, which occurred in the southeastern agricultural corner of California on a highway that ran through fields in the Holtville area, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of San Diego.
Officials from the Holtville and Imperial County fire departments, as well as a spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol in the area, were not immediately available.
Hospital officials said an SUV full of people collided with a semi-truck in Imperial County, California, killing 15 people. Arturo Platero, a California Highway Patrol officer, said a vehicle was traveling west on Norwich Road near State Route 115 when it traveled “in the direct lane” of a large truck traveling north on 115. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
Judy Cruz, managing director of the emergency department at El Centro Regional Medical Center, said 27 passengers in an SUV collided with a truck full of gravel.
She said 14 people died at the scene and another person died shortly after arriving at the hospital.