- A semi-trailer truck collided with an off-road vehicle carrying 25 people on a highway in Southern California.
- At least 13 people died and others were injured, according to the authorities.
- The accident occurred near the town of El Centro, about 10 miles from the Mexican border.
Police said it was unclear what caused the accident between the completely overcrowded SUV and a gravel-laden semi truck on the highway.
According to a police spokesman, numerous people were thrown out of the vehicle, others had to be freed from the crushed car by helpers.
. The off-road vehicle was a Ford Expedition that normally seats eight people. The overloading of the vehicle made it more difficult for the driver to control it, according to the authorities.
Several people were taken to hospitals, some with serious injuries. According to the information, the driver of the car, a man from the Mexican border town of Mexicali, is among the dead. The driver of the truck was injured, it was said.
“There were an unusual number of people in the car, but we don’t know who they were,” the authorities said. So it could be farm workers.
The cause of the accident is being investigated
The car collided with the truck at an intersection, said a police officer. It is unclear whether the car had previously stopped at a stop sign. The cause of the accident is still being investigated.
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