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Accident Report Detail

Immigration and Naturalization Service Multipurpose Vehicle/T. J. Produce Company Truck Collision

Executive Summary

‚ÄčAt 1:50 p.m. on March 8, 1974, the driver of a tractor-trailer parked his vehicle on the shoulder of I-8, approximately 15 feet off the roadway at a location 35 miles west of El Centro, California, in the Jacumba Mountains.

At 1:30 p.m. on the same date, a 1972 Dodge Sportsman multipurpose vehicle (MPV) departed from the El Centro, California, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) detention facility via 1-8, bound for Jacumba, California. The vehicle was transporting 18 Mexican nationals. The MPV ascended the eastern slope of westbound I-8, left the roadway, and crashed into the rear of the parked tractor-trailer at 2:15 p.m. The driver and 12 of the 18 passengers were killed, and the 6 survivors received minor to severe injuries.

Probable Cause

‚ÄčThe National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this collision was that the MPV left the roadway and collided with a tractor-trailer parked approximately 15 feet off of the pavement. The MPV left the roadway because it was not under the control of the driver for reasons unknown.

Accident Location: El Centro , CA    
Accident Date: 3/8/1974
Accident ID: 79659

Date Adopted: 9/4/1975
NTSB Number: HAR-75-06
NTIS Number: PB-246296/AS

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