A serious traffic accident with several fatalities occurred in southern California. How the accident came about is not yet clear. The off-road vehicle involved was completely overcrowded.
At least 13 people were killed in a major accident involving a truck and SUV in southern California. The police announced this on Tuesday afternoon (local time). Previously, a team of doctors from the emergency department of the Regional Medical Center hospital in the city of El Centro had spoken of 15 dead.
According to the Autobahn Police, there were 25 people between the ages of 16 and 53 in the SUV vehicle. Several people were taken to hospitals, some with serious injuries. According to the information, the driver of the car, a man from the Mexican border town of Mexicali, is among the dead. The driver of the truck was injured, it said.
California Highway Patrol’s Omar Watson described a chaotic accident scene. Some occupants were thrown from the vehicle, others had to be freed from the crushed car by helpers.
The cause of the accident is still being investigated
The accident happened Tuesday morning in the rural Imperial County district, near the town of El Centro, about 10 miles from the Mexican border. The car collided with the truck at an intersection, Watson said. It is unclear whether the car had previously stopped at a stop sign. The cause of the accident is still being investigated.
The left side of the off-road vehicle was completely demolished by the force of the impact. Watson told ABC that it was “unbelievable” that so many people had been in the vehicle. There were only two seats for the driver and front passenger, there were no seats and seat belts in the back. Police spokesman Arturo Platero told the Los Angeles Times that the vehicle was designated for use by eight people.