CHP stories 13 individuals died after a crash in Imperial County, situated close to the Mexico border.
IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif. — 4 victims of an Imperial County visitors accident that killed not less than 13 individuals and injured greater than a dozen others Tuesday had been airlifted to San Diego County for emergency care, California Freeway Patrol reported.
The collision occurred at about 6:15 a.m., when a tractor-trailer struck an SUV carrying an estimated 25 individuals on State Route 115, simply north of Holtville and about 15 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border, in line with the CHP.
“The sufferers are being cared for within the UC San Diego Medical Heart trauma heart situated in Hillcrest,” stated Jacqueline Carr, government director of communications for UC San Diego Well being. “Because of privateness protections, affected person circumstances won’t be given until licensed by the sufferers.”
Throughout a information convention Tuesday afternoon, CHP Border Division Chief Omar Watson gave a remaining replace for the day. He stated there have been 25 occupants within the automobile and 12 of them had been discovered useless on the scene. As a result of excessive variety of individuals within the automobile, a number of passengers had been ejected from the automobile.
“Some individuals had been ejected onto the pavement, onto the bottom, (and) handed away because of these accidents,” Watson stated throughout a information convention. “Different individuals had been discovered deceased inside the automobile, and a number of the wounded had been capable of pull themselves out of the automobile.”
The collision occurred when the passenger-packed Ford Expedition pulled onto the freeway into the trail of the tractor-trailer below circumstances that stay below investigation, the chief stated. CHP stated the automobile was not being chased by regulation enforcement. It’s unknown if the automobile blew by way of a close-by cease signal.
The SUV driver, who died on the scene, was a 22 yr previous from Mexicali. The semi was being pushed by 68-year-old Joe Beltran of El Centro who suffered accidents described as average and is within the hospital. CHP stated the SUV solely had two seats within the entrance and all the again seats had been eliminated, creating more room for passengers.
Chief Watson additionally confirmed a further individual died after being transported to the El Centro Regional Medical Heart (ECRMC). The age vary of individuals concerned within the crash are 16-55.
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Six sufferers had been being handled at ECRMC, stated Judy Cruz, emergency-department director for the hospital. One other three had been taken to a different native therapy heart, she stated. ECRMC gave an replace earlier within the day. That may be seen right here.
4 different sufferers had been airlifted to Desert Regional Medical Heart in Palm Springs, the place three had been admitted to an intensive-care unit, hospital spokesman Todd Burke stated.
4 of the crash victims had been later moved from El Centro Regional Medical Heart to UC San Diego Well being. Two others had been taken to Scripps.
The affected stretch of SR-115 was closed to by way of visitors for “fairly a number of hours” to permit for investigation and cleanup, the CHP chief stated. And though SR-115 was closed to visitors many of the day, somebody has already created a memorial utilizing picket crosses on the intersection the place the accident occurred.
The company is at present working with the Mexican Consulate to determine who’s deceased to allow them to in the end notify their subsequent of kin.
CHP stated they had been assisted by Holtville Fireplace Division, Imperial County Sheriff, Imperial County Fireplace Division and the Imperial County Medical Examiner.