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At least 15 people dead after SUV, semitruck collide in Southern California, hospital says

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At least 15 people died after an SUV with dozens of passengers collided with a semitruck 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 Pioneers Hospital, she said.

California Highway Patrol Officer Jack Sanchez told USA TODAY the crash involved a big rig and a Ford Expedition along an intersection on Route 115 near Holtville, California. The big rig driver suffered “multiple injuries,” Sanchez said.

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