• Matt Esnayra

CHP: 13 people are dead after an SUV collided with a semi-truck near the US-Mexico border

What we know:

Authorities have designated the crash as a "mass fatality incident" when a 1997 Ford Expedition reportedly transporting 27 people crashed into a semi-truck, killed 13 people, and leaving 14 passengers injured, per the AP.


The crash occurred just before 6:15 a.m., on Highway 115 in Holtville, CA, about 125 miles east of San Diego and 11 miles north of the US-Mexico border. Investigators don't know if the driver, who died in the crash, stopped at the stop sign before colliding with the semi-truck.

  • Twelve people died at the scene of the crash, and one passenger died at the hospital.

  • The impact of the collision smashed the left side of the roof, and some of the passengers were ejected from the Expedition.

  • A few passengers could exit the mangled SUV, and other injured passengers walked around the crash.

  • The truck driver, a 69-year-old El Centro man, was hauling two empty trailers at the crash.

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