The crash happened yesterday morning in the US state of California, about 20 kilometers from the Mexican border. A Ford car aimed at a maximum of eight passengers collided with a truck.
There were 25 people in the car at the time of the collision. “It was horrible to have so many people in the vehicle,” a police spokesman said CNN. “There are not enough safety features to keep everyone safe in the vehicle.”
Police officers on the ground describe a ‘horrible scene’. People may have been ejected from the vehicle or were trapped in the vehicle.
Initially there was uncertainty about the number of victims, but according to police, thirteen people, including a 22-year-old driver, were killed. Residents ranged in age from 16 to 55, and many of them were injured. They have been taken to various hospitals in the area. The 69-year-old driver who drove the truck was also slightly injured.
“It is too early to speculate on the cause of the accident,” a police spokesman said. “The important thing is that thirteen people have died. We owe it to the next of kin to conduct a good and thorough investigation first.”
Mexican State Department staff are at the scene as at least ten Mexicans are among the dead. Some of the occupants have not yet been identified.