Around 6:30AM Tuesday morning in Calexico, California, 13 people were killed
on state Route 115 after a semi-truck hit a Ford Expedition SUV sending several people flying through the front windshield dead onto the road.
There were a total of 25 people
in the SUV when the crash occurred. The ages of the individuals
, in the SUV, range from 15-53. The semi-truck driver
is a 69-year-old man who lives in El Centro, California, which is 11.4 miles, 19 minutes, from Calexico, California.
Based on reports from NBC Los Angeles
, the inside of the Ford Expedition SUV was not fully intact. Missing from the inside of the Ford Expedition SUV
were the back passenger seats which means 23 passengers were sitting on the floor unsecured in a seat or a seat belt when the crash occurred.
, a Mexican citizen, and the front passenger were sitting in their seats. However, the driver was not so lucky because he was pronounced dead at the scene. The front seat passenger
is among the 12 others who were injured during the crash.
Due to the semi-truck contracting the Ford Expedition SUV
on impact, the front seat passenger was cut out of the vehicle so that the other passengers could be removed as well.
of the those who were hurt in the crash range from minor to life threatening with some receiving injuries as small as cuts and bruises to more critical injuries to their heads and or chests.
were transported to three hospitals in California which include Central Regional Medical Center in El Centro, Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley, and Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs.
Due to the fact that 10 of the 13 people who died during the crash are Mexican citizens, the United States is working with Mexico to identify the victims so that they can then identify their family members.
The number the Mexican Consulate
has provided for family members to call with any questions or concerns they have is 760-455-2140, and family members who need further assistance with translation may contact the Mexican Consulate offices in San Bernardino and San Diego.
The investigation into the cause of the crash
is ongoing with investigations being conducted by the California Highway Patrol, Imperial County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Border Patrol, and the National Transportation Safety Board.