As per local police, at least 55 people were murdered and more than 100 were injured when a truck toppled in southern Mexico on Thursday, with the majority of the dead thought to be Central American migrants.
The event occurred in the Mexican state of Chiapas, which borders Guatemala, when a truck carrying dozens of migrants overturned.
People could be seen sprawled out on the road in video footage released immediately after the collision, adjacent to a white trailer that had split apart. The truck collapsed on a narrow bend outside Tuxtla Gutierrez, the state capital of Chiapas. Later photographs showed victims of the collision being treated on a red tarp.
Mexico’s President, Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador, offered his condolences to the victims’ families on Friday. State Governor Rutilio Escandón earlier stated that, in addition to the fatalities, the collision injured 105 individuals, including 83 men and 22 women. Foreign nationals were among those killed, according to Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard.
According to Mexican federal officials, about 98 percent of those killed or injured in the fatal crash were from Guatemala, with the remainder from Honduras, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Mexico. According to the attorney general’s office, the trailer was speeding and collided with a pedestrian overpass before flipping over.
The injured include 19 youngsters, according to a statement issued by Mexico’s Secretariat of Citizen Security and Protection on Friday, adding that all injured migrants will be granted a visa to transit and stay in Mexico.
Migration is frequent from Central American nations such as Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, where violence, corruption, food shortages, and a lack of economic opportunity have forced many to flee.
The perilous trek, which is frequently coordinated by human traffickers, proceeds north through Mexico to the US border.
Mexican officials reported finding 600 migrants hiding in two trailers going through the state of Veracruz in November. According to the country’s National Migration Institute, 145 women and 455 men were discovered in closed box cars travelling north towards the US border.
Over the last year, the US Border Patrol apprehended a record number of persons for illegal border crossings on the US-Mexico border. According to the International Organization for Migration, this year has seen a record number of individuals die while attempting to cross the border.
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