Hospital: SUV carrying 27 crashes with semitruck in California, killing 15
El CENTRO, Calif. (AP) — An SUV believed to be carrying 27 people crashed Tuesday into a semitruck in Southern California, killing 15 people and leaving others injured, hospital officials said.
Judy Cruz, director of El Centro Regional Medical Center’s emergency department, said 14 people died at the scene and another died after arriving at the hospital.
Officials believe there were 27 people in an SUV that struck a tractor-trailer full of gravel. Multiple patients were flown or transferred to hospitals for their injuries.
“The patients are, of course, going through a little bit of a difficult time, as you can imagine,” said Dr. Adolphe Edward, the El Centro hospital’s chief executive officer.
It was not immediately clear what caused the crash in the agricultural southeastern corner of California on a highway running through fields in the Holtville area, about 100 miles east of San Diego.
Officials from the Holtville and Imperial County fire departments, as well as the California Highway Patrol spokesperson for the area, could not immediately be reached.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Emotional Paul Mainieri reads notes left behind by fans at Alex Box...
LSU Tigers are ready for Super Regional weekend
LSU battles back to beat Oregon in Regional final
Coach Paul Mainieri announces retirement after 15 seasons at LSU
Brennan Stuprich named Southland Freshman of the Year