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18 hurt in San Diego County crash were immigrants possibly being smuggled

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Eighteen immigrants who were in the country illegally and apparently being smuggled were injured in a crash on Interstate 8 near Campo, Calif., authorities said Saturday.

The crash was reported in the westbound freeway lanes about 11:50 a.m. Vehicles involved in the crash include a Ford F-250 pickup and a horse trailer that was overturned, according to the California Highway Patrol.

After the crash, witnesses reported numerous people running away from the scene, the CHP said.

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The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported treating 18 patients with minor to moderate injuries; two were transported by air ambulance and four by ground ambulance to hospitals.

The U.S. Border Patrol also responded to the scene, officials said.

kristina.davis@sduniontribune.com

Davis writes for the San Diego Union-Tribune


UPDATES:

4:40 p.m.: This article was updated with a new injury number and accident location.

This article originally published at 2 p.m.

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