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An SUV believed to be carrying 27 people crashed into a semi-truck in Southern California on Tuesday, killing 15 people and leaving others injured.

“We believe there were 27 passengers in this SUV that struck a semi-truck full of gravel. 14 were dead on the scene,” said Judy Cruz, director of El Centro Regional Medical Center’s emergency.

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Another person another died after arriving in hospital, Cruz said.

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Multiple patients have been flown to hospitals for their injuries.

The causes of the crash were not immediately clear.

The crash occurred in the agricultural southeastern corner of California on a highway in Holtville, which located about 160km east of San Diego, near the border with Mexico.


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