15 People Killed In Multivehicle Wreck in Imperial County

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15 people were killed when an SUV and a semi-truck collided in Imperial County Tuesday morning, just north of the U.S.-Mexico border.

The crash occurred at 6:20 a.m. on Highway 115 at Norrish Road, a battalion chief 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 big-rig collided.

In a news briefing, Judy Cruz, the managing director for the El Centro Regional Medical Center’s emergency department told reporters that at least 14 people died on scene, according to CBS affiliate KFMB.

Cruz said the SUV was carrying 27 passengers. Three people were airlifted to other hospitals and seven were brought to El Centro Regional. At least one person died after arriving at the medical center, Cruz said.

The wreck occurred about 15 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border.

CHP is investigating. Multiple law enforcement and firefighting agencies were sending emergency personnel to the scene.

At least 12 people died in a multi-vehicle wreck reported Tuesday morning in Southern California, according to multiple reports.

California Highway Patrol Officer Arturo Platero said that at least a dozen people died after a vehicle on an Imperial County road collided head-on with a semi-truck traveling in the opposite direction.

The crash, which was declared a “mass fatality incident” around 6:15 a.m. local time, happened in Holtville, a short distance from the U.S.-Mexico border, 

A multiple vehicle crash in Imperial County, California, left at least 12 people dead, California Highway Patrol Officer Arturo Platero told CNN. A vehicle was traveling westbound on Norrish Road near State Route 115 when it traveled “in the direct path” of a big rig truck traveling northbound on the 115, Platero said. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

 An SUV believed to be carrying 27 people crashed Tuesday into a semitruck in Southern California,, killing 15 people and leaving others injured, hospital officials said.

Judy Cruz, director of El Centro Regional Medical Center’s emergency department, 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 struck a tractor-trailer full of gravel. Multiple patients were flown or transferred to hospitals for their injuries.

“The patients are, of course, going through a little bit of a difficult time, as you can imagine,” said Dr. Adolphe Edward, the El Centro hospital’s chief executive officer.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash in the agricultural southeastern corner of California on a highway running 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 the California Highway Patrol spokesperson for the area, could not immediately be reached.

An SUV packed with people crashed into a semi-truck in Imperial County, California, leaving 15 dead, hospital officials said. A vehicle was traveling westbound on Norrish Road near State Route 115 when it traveled ‘in the direct path’ of a big rig truck traveling northbound on the 115, California Highway Patrol officer Arturo Platero said. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

There were 27 passengers in the SUV that struck a semi-truck full of gravel, said Judy Cruz, the managing director of the Emergency Room Department at El Centro Regional Medical Center.

She said 14 people were dead on the scene, and another person died shortly after arriving at the hospital.

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