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15 dead when SUV carrying 27 collides with semi-truck near US-Mexico border

HOLTVILLE, Calif. -- Fifteen people were killed Tuesday when an SUV believed to be carrying 27 people struck a semi-truck in Imperial County, medical officials said.

The crash occurred off state Route 115 north of Holtville, a city 11 miles east of El Centro.

Fourteen people died at the scene, Judy Cruz, managing director for the emergency department at El Centro Regional Medical Center said in a news conference. Seven patients were taken to El Centro Regional Medical Center, where one died. Two patients were taken to Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

Twenty-seven passengers were believed to be inside the SUV when it struck a semi-truck full of gravel, Cruz said.

All lanes of northbound and southbound SR-115 were closed at Norrish Road, Caltrans San Diego said in a tweet.

#ImperialValley All lanes of NB & SB SR-115 at
Norrish Rd closed due to a traffic collision. pic.twitter.com/kAuSMnZTQa

— Caltrans San Diego (@SDCaltrans) March 2, 2021