At least 13 people were killed in a serious traffic accident in southern California on Tuesday. On a country road, a truck collided with an 4WD vehicle, which packed up to 25 adults and youths.
The accident occurred in the town of Holtville, near the US border with Mexico. The gravel trailer collided with the SUV from the driver’s side. Photos show that the Ford Expedition was badly damaged. The car was originally built for five to eight passengers.
The authorities have not yet been able to determine the speed the cars were traveling at. It is possible that the SUV driver missed a stop sign at an intersection.
The 22-year-old driver of the car was among the dead. All of the dead were between 20 and 55 years old. According to the police chief, some Ford Expedition passengers were expelled from the vehicle due to the collision.
The truck driver was also injured in the accident while he is being treated in hospital.
Its occupants may have been migrant workers from Mexico. The police are working with the Mexican consulate to identify the victims.
The US Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate the cause of the accident.
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