2021 Imperial County car crash

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Imperial County car crash
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DateMarch 2, 2021 (2021-03-02)
Time~6:15 a.m. PST [1]
Location Imperial County, California, U.S.
Deaths13
Non-fatal injuries13

On March 2, 2021, an SUV originating from Mexico (having entered the United States through a hole in a border fence) and carrying 25 people collided with a semi-trailer truck in Imperial County, California, U.S., killing 13 people.

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Background

The Ford Expedition, as found at the crash site, had the middle and rear seats removed, and could only safely seat six people despite carrying 25 people. [2]

Crash

In the early morning of March 2, 2021, a red 1997 Ford Expedition carrying 25 passengers and originating from Mexico, having entered the United States through a hole in the border fence, [3] was traveling westbound on Norrish Road in Imperial County, California. It entered an intersection, where a semi-trailer truck travelling north on the other road, State Route 115, crashed into the side of it, killing 13 people and injuring 13. [1] According to authorities, the SUV ran the stop sign and drove in the path of the truck. [3] The occupants of the SUV entered the United States in an unauthorized manner. [4] The truck was carrying gravel cargo. The truck is owned by a company called Haven & Sons. [5]

Aftermath

The accident closed all lanes in both directions of SR-115. [6] The National Transportation Safety Board announced an investigation into the crash. [7] Authorities in California are working with the Mexican consulate to determine who was in the vehicle and to notify next of kin. [8] The US Department of Homeland Security believes that it was part of a migrant smuggling operation. [3] [9]

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References

  1. 1 2 Toropin, Konstantin; Chan, Stella; Levenson, Eric. "More than a dozen dead in crash involving SUV and semitruck in California near US-Mexico border". CNN. Retrieved March 2, 2021.
  2. Hauck, Grace; Atagi, Colin; Hayes, Christal (March 2, 2021). "'Very sad': At least 13 dead after truck slams into SUV carrying 25 near U.S.-Mexico border". USA Today. Retrieved March 2, 2021.
  3. 1 2 3 Spagat, Elliot (March 3, 2021). "SUV in deadly Southern California crash came through hole in border fence: Border Patrol". ABC11 Raleigh-Durham. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  4. "After deadly Imperial County crash, what about the hole in the border fence? - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  5. Brown, Richard Montenegro (March 2, 2021). "13 Dead in 'Gruesome' Accident North of Holtville". Calexico Chronicle. Retrieved March 2, 2021.
  6. Caltrans San Diego [@SDCaltrans] (March 2, 2021). "#ImperialValley All lanes of NB & SB SR-115 at Norrish Rd closed due to a traffic collision" (Tweet). Retrieved March 2, 2021 via Twitter.
  7. "U.S. safety board to probe California highway crash that killed 13". Reuters. March 2, 2021. Retrieved March 2, 2021.
  8. Levenson, Eric (March 2, 2021). "More than a dozen dead in crash involving SUV and semitruck in California near US-Mexico border". CNN. Retrieved March 2, 2021.
  9. "Suspected migrant smuggler charged in connection with Imperial County crash that killed 13". March 31, 2021. Retrieved May 10, 2021.

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