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At Least 15 People Dead After Crowded SUV Collides With Truck In California

Added 03-02-21 02:07:02pm EST - “Hospital officials say they believe the SUV had 27 people in it when it collided with a semi truck that was carrying gravel.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “At Least 15 People Dead After Crowded SUV Collides With Truck In California”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

At least 15 people died in a vehicle crash in Imperial County, Calif., Tuesday, when a crowded SUV collided with a truck, according to hospital officials.

"We believe there [were] 27 passengers in this SUV that struck a semi-truck full of gravel," said Judy Cruz, managing director of the emergency department at the El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Fourteen people died at the scene of the crash, Cruz said, and another person died after they were taken to the hospital.

Nine people were transported to nearby hospitals, she said. Doctors want three patients to be air-lifted to other facilities for specialty care, Cruz added.

Imperial County is in southeastern California, sitting along the state's borders with Mexico and Arizona.

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