At least 15 killed in California accident: hospital officials


A pickup truck collided with a gravel-filled truck, hospital officials said.

At least 15 people were killed in a truck-van accident in Southern California Tuesday morning, according to officials with the El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Hospital officials said they believe there were 27 passengers in the van that collided with a gravel-filled truck.

Fourteen people died at the scene, officials from the El Centro Regional Medical Center said.

Several survivors were taken to area hospitals, hospital officials said. Seven patients were taken to El Centro Regional Medical Center, where one person died after arrival, authorities said.

The accident occurred in Imperial, which is about 160 miles east of San Diego and about 15 miles from the Mexican border.

The Imperial County Fire Department said an additional 25 people were dispatched to the scene, including four to five additional ambulances and four aerial helicopters.

This is a developing story. Please check for updates.

Jenna Harrison and Alyssa Pone of ABC News contributed to this report.

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