Crash kills 13 on route for illegal border crossings

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HOLTVILLE, Calif. (AP) — 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.
Authorities are investigating whether human smuggling was involved in early-morning collision that killed the 22-year-old male driver of the SUV and 12 passengers. The Mexican government said 10 of the dead were Mexican citizens and that nationalities of the three others who died was undetermined.
Seats of the 1997 Ford Expedition were removed except for the driver and right front passenger’s, said Omar Watson, chief of the California Highway Patrol’s border division.

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