Two Guatemalans could be among victims of Mexico border collision

FILE PHOTO: The scene of a collision between a sport utility vehicle (SUV) and a tractor-trailer truck is seen near Holtville, California, U.S., March 2, 2021. REUTERS/Bing Guan

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemalan authorities on Wednesday said they had preliminary information that one Guatemalan national died and another person from the Central American country was injured in a collision in Southern California that killed 13 people.

The accident occurred on Tuesday about 10 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border when a tractor-trailer slammed into an SUV crammed with 25 adults and children.

Guatemala’s foreign ministry said it was working to confirm the identities of the victims thought to be Guatemalan.

It added that its consulate in Los Angeles was working with local authorities, and that it had received calls from its consulate in New York on behalf of people fearing that their relatives could be among the victims.

Ten Mexican nationals also died in the incident, Mexican authorities have said.

Reporting by Sofia Menchu, Writing by Daina Beth Solomon; Editing by David Gregorio