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At least 13 people were killed when an SUV carrying 25 people crashed into a big rig Tuesday morning in Imperial County
Four patients from the crash are being treated at Desert Regional Medical Center. Three are in the ICU, DRMC Spokesperson Todd Burke confirms to News Channel 3.
The El Centro Regional Medical Center reported 25 passengers riding in a SUV crashed into a semi-truck full of gravel on Tuesday morning.
“It was an unusual number of people in an SUV, but we don’t know who they were,” said Macario Mora, a spokesman for Customs and Border Protection in Yuma and El Centro, adding that they could have been farmworkers.
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A hospital official said, “We are aware that children were involved in this accident.”
California Highway Patrol Chief Omar Watson said 12 people died at the scene and another died at the hospital. Among those who died was a 22-year-old from Mexicali identified as the driver of the SUV.
Three were flown out, seven people were transported to the ECRMC, where one died. Two patients were taken to Pioneers Memorial Hospital.
Imperial County law enforcement is still at the scene, near the intersection of Highway 115 at Norrish Road in Holtville.
News Channel 3 will update here and bring you live reports from the scene and Desert Regional Medical Center on News Channel 3 at Noon.