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By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

April 7, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) –  A horse trailer being towed by an F-250 truck overturned on the right side of westbound Interstate 8 shortly before noon today, about three miles west of Crestwood, according to Officer Travis Garrow with the California Highway Patrol.

A witness told authorities she was following behind the trailer and saw it start to fishtail. The driver was unable to control the vehicle, which went off the roadway and overturned. The trailer separated from the truck and its top was sheered off. The witness reported numerous people exiting the overturned horse trailer.

CHP Highway Patrol and Border Patrol agents responded.   Border Patrol agents apprehended 18 people. Six sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to local hospitals, some via Life Flight helicopter that landed at Kitchen Creek Forestry Station.

The remaining 12 individuals, believed to be undocumented immigrants, were taken into custody by the Border Patrol. An investigation into the crash is ongoing.