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Feds Launch Human Smuggling Probe After Deadly CA Crash

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A law enforcement officer examines the scene of a deadly crash in Holtville, Calif., Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Authorities say a semitruck crashed into an SUV, killing multiple people. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Tuesday’s deadly crash near the California-Mexico border is the subject of a federal human smuggling investigation. N-B-C News confirms the Department of Homeland Security unit in San Diego is looking into the crash.

The collision occurred yesterday morning when a semi-truck full of gravel hit a sports utility vehicle carrying 25 people. Thirteen people were killed. Officials say ten of the dead, including the S-U-V driver, were Mexican nationals.

The only two seats in the S-U-V were the driver’s seat and the front right passenger seat, even though the vehicle is built to hold eight people safely.

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