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Migrant truck crash in Mexico kills 54 | Blue Mountain Gazette


Fifty-four people were killed after the truck they were in in Mexico overturned in one of the worst crashes involving migrants trying to reach the United States.

The trailer opened, knocking people over, when the truck crashed into a sharp bend outside the Chiapas state town of Tuxtla Gutierrez, according to footage of Aftermath and authorities in civil protection.

Chiapas Governor Rutilio Escandon said 49 people died at the scene on Thursday and five others died while receiving medical treatment.

“It took a turn, and because of the weight of us, the people inside, we all went with it,” said a shocked-looking Guatemalan sitting at the scene in footage posted on social media. .

“The trailer could not support the weight of the people.”

More than 100 people were inside the caravan, authorities said. Several dozen were injured and transported to hospitals in Chiapas, which borders Guatemala.

Dozens of Guatemalan migrants have been named in lists of injured people posted on social media. Most of the dead were from Central America.

A witness heard screams and sobs among survivors as emergency personnel rushed to the site where the overturned truck quivered to a stop near a freeway walkway.

The footage showed a white trailer on its side, with injured people sprawled out on tarpaulins on the ground. There were also rows of what appeared to be bodies wrapped in white cloth.

Men, women and children were among the dead, the Chiapas state government said, and President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Twitter expressed his sadness at the “very painful” incident.

Migrants fleeing poverty and violence in Central America typically cross Mexico to reach the US border and sometimes crowd into large trucks organized by smugglers in extremely dangerous conditions.

Kevin Lopez, spokesperson for the Guatemalan presidency, told Milenio television that the accident showed that “irregular migration is not the best solution”.

Salvadoran Foreign Minister Alexandra Hill said her government was working to see if any Salvadorans were dead.

Mexico has offered accommodation and humanitarian visas to survivors, and Chiapas Governor Escandon has said those responsible for the crash would be held to account.

Mexican authorities regularly meet migrants crammed into trailers, including 600 people found hidden in the backs of two trucks in eastern Mexico last month.

A record number of people have been arrested at the US-Mexico border this year as migrants seek to capitalize on President Joe Biden’s promise to pursue immigration policies that are more humane than his hard-line predecessor Donald Trump.

Associated Australian Press