SUV Collides with Semi-truck, Leaving 13 Dead and 13 Injured in California's Imperial County
This week, tragedy struck when a semi-truck and an SUV collided, leaving massive fatalities. The incident happened in Imperial County in California, close to the Mexico-US border.
On Tuesday morning, the US sadly lost thirteen people when a semi-truck crashed with an SUV. Thirteen more people were also injured when the semi-truck hauling gravel collided with the vehicle.
The tragic incident occurred in California in Imperial Country near the US-Mexico border. Chief Omar Watson of the California Highway Patrol revealed that the accident happened at around 6:30 a.m.
The maroon Ford Expedition SUV had 25 people in it when the incident happened. The people in the vehicle were said to be aged from as young as fifteen to as old as fifty-three.
At least 15 people dead after vehicle crash in Imperial County https://t.co/FdEzwMZPqf— 13WMAZ News (@13wmaznews) March 2, 2021
The semi-truck was hauling two trailers when it smashed into the vehicle close to Norrish Road on state Route 115. According to Watson, several SUV passengers were thrown out onto the highway in the crash.
Special agents launched a human smuggling investigation from the Department of Homeland Security. In the front of the vehicle sat a driver and one front passenger, but there were no back seats.
At least 13 people died in a vehicle crash in Imperial County, Calif., on Tuesday, when a crowded Ford Expedition SUV collided with a gravel truck. https://t.co/0aoi8dufHl— KQED News (@KQEDnews) March 2, 2021
It’s believed this left the rest of the passengers without any restraints at the back. Watson revealed that the front passenger seat was cut out so the back seat people could be extricated.
The SUV’s driver, a Mexicali, Mexico man, and eleven other people died at the scene. Twelve other passengers suffered various injuries, including chest and head injuries.
CHP officer says SUV had stopped at an intersection and then drove “directly in the path of the big rig” https://t.co/6kAPLLD3mX— KTLA (@KTLA) March 2, 2021
According to the emergency room director for El Centro's Central Regional Medical Center, Judy Cruz, a couple of the victims' injuries were life-threatening. Watson had this to say about the accident:
"At this time it is unknown whether or not the Expedition stopped at the stop sign..."
All of us from the Imperial Valley are shocked and broken up over this terrible, terrible tragedy. There were 27 people in that Ford Expedition. 12+ People Dead, 12+ Hospitalized After SUV Crashes With Semi-Truck in Imperial County https://t.co/nL2jZyRN4y— donal logue (@donallogue) March 3, 2021
A 69-year-old El Centro man was the semi-truck driver. He luckily only suffered moderate injuries, and he was taken to Desert Regional Medical Center for some medical treatment.
The people who survived were taken to Brawley, California's Pioneers Memorial Hospital, Palm Springs's Desert Regional Medical Center, and Mexico's El Centro Regional Medical Center.
WATCH: More than a dozen people were killed when an SUV collided with a gravel-hauling semi-truck near the U.S.-Mexico border in Imperial County, officials said. https://t.co/61moBYR9lt pic.twitter.com/dbCzPID1HL— NBC 7 San Diego (@nbcsandiego) March 2, 2021
Sadly, a victim transported to El Centro Regional Medical Center passed on later. When the police arrived, some of the SUV passengers were trying to crawl out of the 1997 Ford Expedition that was crumpled up.
Sadly, these weren’t the only crash victims in recent days as treacherous weather conditions…
Just a heartbreaking day for the Boyd ISD community; Superintendent Dr. Tamara Vardy confirms her husband, Chris, was one of the six people killed in the horrific pileup Thursday in Fort Worth.— Lauren Zakalik (@wfaalauren) February 12, 2021
His pastor also spoke the world of him. What a loss.#WFAA pic.twitter.com/JCoApA3noK
Others were also found wandering around the fields. The semi-truck's front end was pushed into the vehicle's left-hand side, and jackknifed behind it were the two empty trailers.
The SUV could safely seat only eight people. Sadly, these weren’t the only crash victims in recent days, as treacherous weather conditions claimed six people in a 133-car pileup on February 11, 2021, in Fort Worth.
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