An SUV-truck collision in Holtville resulted in the death of 13 people. The tragic accident occurred in Southern California on the morning of Tuesday, March 2. A total of 25 passengers were traveling in the SUV at the time of the crash.
According to the details shared by the authorities, the collision between the two vehicles occurred at the intersection of the State Highway 115 and Norrish Road in Holtville. The SUV involved in the crash had illegally entered the U.S. through a gap in the border fence. The 10-foot gap was used by two vehicles to enter the U.S.
The SUV involved in the accident was identified as a 1997 Ford Expedition. It had traveled 30 miles from the border breach when it ran into the accident. At the time of the crash, the Ford Expedition was headed westbound on Norrish Road. The semi-truck, which was also towing a trailer at the time, was traveling northbound on Highway 115.
The sheer impact of the SUV-truck collision in Holtville caused the Ford Expedition to sustain severe damage. The vehicle was overcrowded with the occupants and the absence of safety measures such as seatbelts caused severe injuries to many of them. As per the latest updates, at least 13 people lost their lives in the tragic crash.
Most of the deceased succumbed to their injuries on the scene of the crash. Some later died after being rushed to area hospitals for treatment. The hospitals where the injured victim received treatment include Desert Regional Medical Center, Scripps Mercy Hospital, Pioneers Memorial Hospital, and El Centro Regional Medical Center.
The driver of the truck, identified as Joe Beltran, 68, also sustained major injuries in the collision. California Highway Patrol continues to investigate the accident while other agencies are investigating the border breach that was used for the illegal entry of the vehicle.
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