An overloaded SUV crashed into a truck in Southern California. 13 people, including the driver of the car, died.

A collision between a crowded passenger vehicle and a heavy truck left thirteen dead and many injured Tuesday morning in southern California, traffic police said, slightly downgrading a first toll given earlier by a hospital.

The accident, at around 6:15 a.m. not far from the border with Mexico, involved a heavy truck towing two trailers that crashed into a large Ford Model Expedition SUV crossing a national highway, Omar Watson told a press conference. , California Highway Police official investigating.

“There were 25 people in the Ford Expedition, including the driver. Unfortunately, twelve of the occupants, including the driver, died on the spot and another person died of his injuries after being taken to hospital, ”said the police officer.

According to the Ford website, the Expedition model is designed to accommodate a maximum of eight people. Earlier, an official from a nearby hospital in El Centro said a total of 28 people were in the SUV and fifteen of them died.

According to Chief Watson, the deceased victims are between 20 and 55 years old but at least one of the injured passengers was a minor, aged 16. “Some were thrown onto the road, onto the ground, and died from their injuries. Others were found dead inside the vehicle and still others were injured and managed to extract themselves on their own, ”explained Omar Watson. Some of the victims could come from neighboring Mexico because the police officer explained “working with the Mexican consulate to determine who exactly was in the vehicle and ensure that the families are notified.”