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Survivor of Imperial County Crash – NBC 7 San Diego

An investigation into human smuggling is underneath approach after a lethal main crash close to the Calexico border in Imperial County.

The wreck killed 13 folks and injured 13 others when an SUV with 25 folks inside crashed with a semi-truck Tuesday morning. The Mexican consulate mentioned not less than 10 folks driving within the SUV had been Mexican nationals and not less than two had been from Guatemala.

One of these passengers was finally delivered to Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego’s Hillcrest neighborhood.

On Wednesday, NBC 7 spoke with Rudy Dominguez, one of that sufferer’s relations, who shared his heartache after the crash that killed his niece and injured his sister.

Dominguez mentioned his sister Berlin Cardona, 47, and her daughter Yesenia Cardona, 22, risked their lives for the prospect of a greater life within the U.S.

“We don’t want to die in our country,” Dominguez mentioned. “That’s why we take this type of risk.”

Berlin and Yesenia left their hometown in Guatemala a month in the past, in accordance with Dominquez.

Dominguez mentioned his niece died in her mom’s arms following the sudden affect. He mentioned he does not know the main points of their journey however that he had final heard from them on Monday after they had been in MexiCali, the Mexican metropolis bordering Calexico.

“It’s so hard,” Dominguez mentioned. “I mean, it’s so many things [going] on in our brain, and I don’t know how she will handle this.”

While Dominguez admits the ladies crossed illegally, he mentioned they did so because of the desperation they had been residing with of their each day lives.

More than a dozen folks had been killed when an SUV collided with a semi-truck hauling gravel close to the U.S.-Mexico Border in California’s Imperial County Tuesday morning, in accordance with officers.

“We take a chance,” Dominguez mentioned. “We don’t want to die over there. We take a chance to come here and see our dream come true.”

On Tuesday, Customs and Border Protection shared a picture of the place they are saying the border wall was breached. permitting two totally different SUVs to cross into the U.S. Investigators later decided that the Ford Expedition the Cardonas had been driving in was one of these automobiles.

The Mexican Consulate mentioned any relations who want help can name (760) 455-2140. Offices in San Bernardino and San Diego can assist with translation companies if wanted, the consulate mentioned.

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