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At least 15 people dead after SUV, semi truck collide in southern California

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At least 15 people died after an SUV with dozens of passengers collided with a semi truck carrying gravel near the U.S.-Mexico border in California on Tuesday morning, according to officials with El Centro Regional Medical Center.

“We believe there was 27 passengers in this SUV that struck a semi-truck full of gravel,” emergency room managing director Judy Cruz said in a Facebook Live video.

At least 14 people died at the scene of the “major accident,” Cruz said. Three people were flown to a hospital, she said. Seven patients were taken to El Centro, where one person died. Two patients were taken to Pioneer Hospital, she said.

“The patients are of course going through a little bit of a difficult time as you can imagine,” said Dr. Adolphe Edward, chief executive officer at the hospital. “This is a major accident. We are taking care of them in the emergency room department.”

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