SUV Allegedly Carrying 27 People Crashes with a Semi, Leaving 15 Dead!
An early morning crash in Imperial, California is leaving many wondering just what happened this morning. Around 6:16am this morning, just before sunrise an SUV, carrying 27 people, crashed into a semi killing more than half of the occupants.
WFLA reports that Judy Cruz, director of El Centro Regional Medical Center’s emergency department, said 14 people died at the scene and another died after arriving.
Officials believe there were 27 people in an SUV that struck a tractor-trailer full of gravel. Multiple patients have been flown to hospitals for their injuries.
It was not immediately clear what caused the crash.
The crash occurred in the agricultural southeastern corner of California on a highway running through fields in the Holtville area about 100 miles (160.93 kilometers) east of San Diego.
Reporters covering the accident say that the location is about 15 minutes north of the US/Mexico border. There have been some speculations that the victims may have been small children or victims of human trafficking.
The SUV appears to be a Ford Expedition that is meant to safely transport 6-8 people, a third of the capacity, at the time of the crash.
There are possible multiple families involved in this crash and, although we do not know the ages, genders and relations, this is going to have a tragic impact on a lot of people.
The details following this "mass casualty event", as it is being labeled, are still coming in and we will keep you updated as more information becomes available.