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Police: 13 killed when semi-truck hits SUV carrying 25 people

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El CENTRO, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say a semi-truck has crashed into an SUV carrying 25 people on a Southern California highway, killing 13 people.

The head of the California Highway Patrol says 12 people died at the scene Tuesday and another died after arriving at the hospital. Hospital officials earlier reported there were 15 killed and more people in the SUV.

Multiple people from the SUV were flown or sent to hospitals for injuries that included fractures and head trauma.

Authorities say it's unclear if the SUV had stopped at a stop sign before crossing into the path of the semi-truck, which hit the vehicle.


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El CENTRO, Calif. (AP) -- Hospital officials say an SUV believed to be carrying 27 people crashes into a semi-truck in Southern California, killing 15 people and leaving others injured.

Judy Cruz, director of El Centro Regional Medical Center's emergency department, said 14 people died at the scene and another died after arriving.

Officials believe there were 27 passengers in an SUV that struck a tractor-trailer full of gravel. Multiple patients have been flown to hospitals for their injuries.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash.

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