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A total of 49 migrants lost their lives and 58 others were injured in the crash this Thursday of a trailer on a highway in the southeastern Mexican state of Chiapas, according to official sources.
In statements to the media, Luis Manuel García Moreno, Secretary of Civil Protection of Chiapas, explained that the figure was 49 deaths, in one of the most serious tragedies of this type in remembrance.
“My solidarity with the victims of the traffic accident that occurred in the Chiapa de Corzo-Tuxtla Gtz section. I have instructed to give prompt attention and assistance to the injured. Responsibilities will be determined according to the law, ”the governor of the state of Chiapas, Rutilio Escandón, said in a message on Twitter.
The official said that around 3:30 p.m. local time, a trailer carrying just over a hundred migrants overturned at a curve on the Chiapa de Corzo-Tuxtla Gutiérrez highway.
“Unfortunately 49 people died and we have 58 injured people, who have already been transferred to hospitals near the scene of the accident,” confirmed García Moreno in an interview with the Milenio television channel.
He indicated that 107 Central American migrants were traveling in the body of the vehicle, mostly from Guatemala and El Salvador.
In addition, he said that both the National Institute of Migration (INM) and the Attorney General of the State of Chiapas are aware and will proceed according to the law.
The person in charge of Civil Protection said that according to versions of the injured, the trip began in the city of Comitán de Domínguez, Chiapas, near the border with Guatemala, while witnesses to the accident said that the rollover occurred due to speeding.
“The testimonies indicated that the truck was speeding and when it took a sharp curve it overturned and the box where the migrants were traveling fell off,” said the official.
The migration crisis hit Mexico hard in 2021 with the arrival of hundreds of thousands of foreigners, mostly Central Americans and Haitians, seeking to reach the United States.
As a symbol of this growing crisis, several migrant caravans have left southern Mexico in recent months, most of them being dismantled by the country’s authorities, which received sentences from the UN for the treatment of foreigners.
The Mexican Government has garnered criticism for its treatment of migrants and for the current deployment of tens of thousands of elements of the Armed Forces on the northern and southern borders for migration control tasks as part of the cooperation in this matter with the United States.
In many cases, human smugglers transport foreigners in overcrowded conditions and with little security through the southeastern, central and northern states of the country on their way to the United States.
Mexican authorities intercepted 228,115 migrants and deported 82,627 from January to October 2021, numbers not seen in more than 15 years.
In addition, 123,000 migrants have requested refuge in the first 11 months of 2021, another absolute record since in previous years there were some 40,000 requests.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.