ICE suspects ‘human smuggling’ concerned in lethal California crash

Immigration officers have opened a “human smuggling” investigation into Tuesday’s lethal crash alongside the US-Mexico border in Southern California involving an SUV carrying a bunch of undocumented immigrants.

The collision occurred when a crimson Ford Expedition carrying 28 individuals was T-boned on the motive force’s aspect by a tractor-trailer — killing at the very least 15 individuals — shortly after 6:15 a.m. off Freeway 115 in Imperial County, authorities mentioned.

The Mexican Consulate in Calexico confirmed that at the very least 10 of these killed are Mexican nationals. Legislation enforcement and hospital officers mentioned they have been involved with the Mexican Consulate to assist establish the opposite three victims and monitor down relations.

It wasn’t instantly clear if the SUV was transporting the migrants throughout the border.

“Particular Brokers from Homeland Safety Investigations San Diego responded to the scene of immediately’s deadly crash in El Centro, California, and have initiated a human smuggling investigation,” an ICE official informed The Submit.

The official declined to remark additional as to what led the company to consider human trafficking was suspected, however famous that the probe is ongoing.

The passengers within the SUV ranged in age from 15 to 53. The 28-year-old driver from Mexicali, Mexico was additionally amongst these killed.

The 68-year-old driver of the semi-truck, who’s from El Centro, was hospitalized with reasonable accidents, officers mentioned.

With Submit wires