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At least 12 people are dead in multiple vehicle crash in California

At least 15 people are dead and several others are injured after SUV ‘carrying 27 passengers’ crashes into semi-truck near US-Mexico border in California

  • The Imperial County Fire Department was called to a ‘mass fatality incident’ just after 6:15am, on Highway 115, at Norris Road
  • A Ford Expedition SUV had been travelling westbound on Norrish Road near State Route 115 when it traveled ‘in the direct path’ of a big rig truck
  • Officials say they believe the vehicle, which has a legal capacity of seven to eight people, was carrying 27 passengers 
  • At least 15 people have died and several more are hurt, officials say
  • Four were airlifted to a nearby hospital, three of whom are now in intensive care
  • It’s unclear how many people were injured in total and how the crash happened 

At least 15 people were killed Tuesday morning when an SUV collided with a semi-truck in Southern California, authorities have announced.

The crash occurred on State route 115 in the area of El Centro, 10 miles north of the US-Mexico border, at around 6:15 am this morning. 

A Ford Expedition SUV reported to be carrying 27 passengers on board had been travelling westbound on Norrish Road when it traveled ‘in the direct path’ of a gravel truck heading northbound on 115. 

Fourteen people were found dead at the scene, Judy Cruz, the managing director of the emergency department at the El Centro Regional Medical Center said at a news conference.  Several others were also injured.

Seven people were taken to El Centro Regional Medical Center, where one person has since died. Three others are currently in intensive care.  

Two more injured victims were taken to Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley, California, Cruz said. Their conditions are not immediately known.  

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A vehicle had been travelling westbound on Norrish Road near State Route 115 when it traveled ‘in the direct path’ of a big rig truck traveling northbound

Fourteen people were found dead at the scene, Judy Cruz, the managing director of the emergency department at the El Centro Regional Medical Center said at a news conference

Fourteen people were found dead at the scene, Judy Cruz, the managing director of the emergency department at the El Centro Regional Medical Center said at a news conference

The circumstances surrounding the crash and the total number of those injured has not yet been confirmed by officials.  

‘We believe there was 27 passengers in this S.U.V. that struck a semi truck full of gravel,’ Cruz said Tuesday.

Ford Expeditions typically have a legal capacity of seven to eight people.  

Dr. Adolphe Edward, the chief executive officer of the El Centro Regional Medical Center, called Tuesday’s crash a ‘major accident.’

Dozens of first responders, five fire engines and a helicopter are currently at the scene. 

The site of the crash is in southeastern California, about 10 miles east of El Centro and about 10 miles north of the Mexican border. 

All lanes of northbound and southbound SR-115 at Norrish Road are closed, and motorists are told to avoid the area.

The Imperial County Fire Department was called to a 'mass fatality incident' just after 6:15am, on Highway 115, at Norris Road

The Imperial County Fire Department was called to a ‘mass fatality incident’ just after 6:15am, on Highway 115, at Norris Road

The site of the crash is in southeastern California, about 10 miles east of El Centro and about 10 miles north of the Mexican border

The site of the crash is in southeastern California, about 10 miles east of El Centro and about 10 miles north of the Mexican border

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates… 

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