Major Vehicle Crash in Imperial County, 15 Killed and Multiple Injuries
IMPERIAL COUNTY, CA (March 2, 2021) — More than a dozen people died when an SUV collided with a semi-truck hauling gravel Tuesday morning, according to officials.
The crash in Imperial County happened around 6:30 a.m. about 10 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico Border and about 100 miles east of San Diego.
A SUV drove westbound on Norrish Road near Highway 115 when it traveled “in the direct path” of a big rig truck traveling northbound on the Highway 115, a California Highway Patrol officer said.
At least 27 people were inside the maroon SUV when it struck the semi-truck on a highway at about 6:30 a.m., according to the Emergency Room Director for El Centro’s Central Regional Medical Center.
Medics pronounced 14 people dead at the scene.
Of the surviving passengers, officials transported 10 to Central Regional Medical Center – three of them by a medical helicopter. While at the hospital, one additional person died.
Two patients were then transferred to Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley, California. Three others were on standby, ready to be air-flighted to another hospital.
Officials did not release an update on the condition of the surviving patients, but doctors are treating all the victims in the emergency room.
We extend our sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathies to the family, friends, and loved ones of the many victims.
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