Dozens killed in Mexico road accident

The incident occurred in Mexico’s Chiapas state, which borders Guatemala, when the truck carrying dozens of migrants crashed. Photos from the scene present the truck on its facet subsequent to a footbridge and our bodies laid out on the street wrapped in physique luggage.

In video footage taken shortly after the accident, individuals could possibly be seen spilled out on to the street, subsequent to a white trailer that had cut up open. The automobile crashed on a decent bend outdoors the town of Tuxtla Gutierrez, the Chiapas state capital.

One man, who was within the truck on the time of the accident however escaped unhurt, advised CNN that he had traveled from Guatemala. All he remembered was the automobile overturning and “a lot of dust,” he mentioned.

Children, ladies and men have been among the many lifeless, the director of the Chiapas Firefighter Institute, Marco Antonio Sánchez, advised CNN. “It was speeding, that’s what one of the people we were carrying said to me, and well, unfortunately, this is the result.”

Mexican national guard officers work in the area where the truck rolled over.
Images from the scene showed the bodies of those who died, many of them believed to be migrants.

State Governor Rutilio Escandón tweeted that along with the deaths, 105 individuals have been injured within the crash — amongst them 83 males and 22 girls.

Three individuals are nonetheless in a critical situation, in line with the Attorney General’s workplace.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard mentioned a few of the individuals who died included overseas nationals.

“My condolences to the victims and affected families. In communication with the State Government and Civil Protection. We make contact with the foreign ministries of the affected countries,” Ebrard wrote on Twitter.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador shared his condolences on Twitter.

“I deeply regret the tragedy caused by the overturning of a trailer in Chiapas carrying Central American migrants,” the President mentioned. “It’s very painful. I hug the families of the victims.”

It isn’t instantly clear what brought about the crash or why the victims have been crammed into the truck. However, migration is quite common from Central American international locations like Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, the place violence, corruption, meals insecurity, and an absence of financial alternative have left many with no different alternative.

The harmful journey, typically organized by individuals smugglers, travels north by Mexico to succeed in the US border.

In November, Mexican authorities reported discovering some 600 migrants hidden in two trailers touring by the state of Veracruz. The nation’s National Migration Institute mentioned they found 145 girls and 455 males in closed field vehicles that have been heading north in the direction of the US border.
US Border Patrol arrested a record number of individuals for illegal crossings on the US-Mexico border over the previous yr. There have additionally been a document number of people dying whereas trying to cross the border this yr, in line with the International Organization for Migration.
Rescuers and authorities work in the area where the truck overturned.
On Monday, the Biden administration relaunched the controversial Trump-era border coverage generally known as “Remain in Mexico,” kicking again into gear this system that enables officers to ship non-Mexican migrants to Mexico to await their US immigration court docket hearings.

Under the Trump administration, 1000’s of migrants have been topic to this system, formally generally known as Migrant Protection Protocols, and resided in makeshift camps alongside Mexico’s northern border typically in squalor and harmful situations.

President Joe Biden pledged to end the program and commenced the method of admitting these migrants who had beforehand been topic to it. But a federal decide in Texas disrupted these plans when he ordered the administration to revive the coverage.

CNN’s Priscilla Alvarez contributed reporting.

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