(CNN)An SUV packed with people and a semitruck hauling trailers of gravel slammed into each other in Imperial County, California, on Tuesday morning, leaving 15 dead and others hospitalized, officials said.
There were 27 passengers in the SUV during the crash, said Judy Cruz, the managing director of the Emergency Room Department at El Centro Regional Medical Center.
She said 14 people were dead on the scene, and another person died shortly after arriving at the hospital. Other passengers are being treated at El Centro Regional Medical Center and at Pioneers Memorial Hospital in nearby Brawley.
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