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US News At least 15 dead in a collision in California

23:30  02 march  2021
23:30  02 march  2021 Source:   nouvelobs.com

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  Au moins 15 morts dans une collision en Californie © Copyright 2021, The Obs

A collision between two vehicles left at least 15 dead on Tuesday, March 2, in southern California. An overloaded SUV-type vehicle crashed into a heavy truck in Holtville, Calif., Near El Centro, a town in the southeast of the state near the Mexican border, on Route 115.

Fourteen people were found dead at the scene of the accident. Seven other victims were taken to El Centro Regional Medical Center, where one was killed.

"It's a major accident. We believe there were 27 passengers in the SUV, which crashed into the truck carrying gravel, ”Judy Cruz, emergency manager, told an press conference.

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According to her, at least 14 passengers died at the crash site and one after being taken to her hospital, where six other people were admitted to the emergency room.

An SUV with a capacity of 8 people

At least five other victims of the collision, which took place in still undetermined circumstances, were evacuated by helicopter to other hospitals in the region, said Judy Cruz during a report press on the internet.

According to a member of the California highway police, Jack Sanchez, interviewed by "USA Today", the SUV involved in the accident is a Ford Expedition, a model which according to the manufacturer's website can accommodate a maximum of eight passengers.

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According to the emergency services, the accident occurred shortly after 6 hours on the national road 115, near Holtville, about ten kilometers to the north of the border between the United States and Mexico.

The first images of the collision broadcast by local media show a heavy truck embedded in the side of a large burgundy SUV, apparently registered in California. The cab of the truck is almost intact but the other vehicle, although still on all four wheels, appears to be badly damaged.

The driver of the truck suffered "multiple injuries" according to the traffic police.

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