Tragedy struck recently in California, United States, where 25 people packed into an SUV were involved in a road crash, involving a tractor trailer. From the report, the police are currently looking into the unfortunate incident that claimed the lives of 13 people and bodies strewn across the road close to the US-Mexico border.
Thirteen people reportedly lost their lives in a fatal road crash involving an SUV and a tractor trailer
From the official statement released, the majority of the people that were killed in this accident were Mexicans. At the time when the law enforcement officers got to the scene of the accident, they spotted some of the surviving passengers attempting to escape from the crumpled 1997 Ford Expedition. Others were also seen wandering around the fields.
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From what we learnt, the frontend of the rig was pushed into the left side of the SUV and two empty trailers were jackknifed behind it. The information released by the authorities stated that 12 people were found dead upon the arrival of the first responders. Another was confirmed dead at the hospital. Omar Watson, who happens to be the California Highway Patrol Chief, expressed his sadness over what he described as a “pretty chaotic scene”.
Authorities are checking whether it was a case of human smuggling that led to such a ghastly road accident
Roberto Velasco, who happens to be the director of North American Affairs for Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department, while confirming the tragic incident last Tuesday on social media, revealed that a minimum of ten Mexicans lost their lives in the crash. So far, they haven’t released the identities of the victims.
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UPDATE: California crash kills 13 of 25 people crammed into SUV
The authorities couldn’t ascertain the cause of the accident and the reason why 25 people would cram into an SUV meant for 8 people. From investigation, they found out that the middle and the back seats of the SUV were removed to accommodate more people. An inquiry has been initiated on possible human smuggling and illegal migration by the Homeland Security Investigation in San Diego.