The accident is as enigmatic as its death toll is terrible: 13 dead and many injured between a truck and an SUV-type vehicle containing 25 people instead of the maximum 8 occupants allowed in southern California, on the border between the States United and Mexico.
It is 6:15 am when a purple Ford Expedition is struck by a heavy truck moving on a national road at a stop sign.
The violence of the shock is terrible.
The victims are between 15 and 53 years old.
“Some were thrown onto the road, onto the ground, and died from their injuries,” explains Omar Watson, the head of the border division of the California highway police.
In the SUV, the police made a strange discovery: all passenger seats had been removed.
The authorities do not yet explain the reason for this change.
“We continue to work with the medical examiner's office to identify all deceased victims so that we can inform families.
There is considerable damage inside this SUV, ”explains Omar Watson.
The authorities assured that it was not a chase with the police.
For several years, many road accidents have been linked to lawsuits between the police and migrants in this region bordering on Mexico.
But for the moment it is impossible to establish with certainty that this accident is linked to illegal immigration.