At least 53 migrants killed in Mexico road accident

At least 53 migrants killed in Mexico road accident

Workers remove the container from the trailer of a truck that crashed with migrants aboard during a road accident in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas state, Mexico, on December 9, 2021.-AFP
Workers take away the container from the trailer of a truck that crashed with migrants aboard throughout a road accident in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas state, Mexico, on December 9, 2021.-AFP

At least 53 migrants had been killed Thursday in Mexico after the truck they had been hiding in hit a retaining wall and overturned in the southern state of Chiapas, a serious transit level for these attempting to succeed in the United States.

Another 58 individuals additionally had been harm, three of them severely, in keeping with a preliminary report from the prosecutors in Chiapas, which borders Guatemala.

“So far, 53 people have died and three more are seriously injured,” the workplace stated in a press release which additionally introduced it was taking up the investigation of the incident.

The migrants had been crammed into the truck, civil safety officers instructed reporters.

“According to the statements of the survivors, most of them are from Guatemala,” stated Luis Manuel García, the Civil Protection director for Chiapas.

Officials stated it appeared that the motive force was dashing when he misplaced management of the car on the freeway connecting the town of Chiapa de Corzo with the state capital Tuxtla Gutierrez. He later fled the scene.

Local tv photographs confirmed giant numbers of ambulances, firefighters and rescue staff gathered across the crashed car, along with some confused and shocked migrants who had been awaiting medical consideration.

Bodies had been wrapped in white sheets or different blankets.

State Governor Rutilio Escandon stated the injured ought to get “prompt attention and assistance,” including: “Law enforcement will determine who is responsible.”

Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei pledged to offer any of his countrymen with consular help, together with assist in getting again house, in a message on Twitter.

His Mexican counterpart Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador provided his condolences on Twitter, calling the incident “very painful.”

The National Migration Institute, a division of the inside ministry, stated in a press release that “humanitarian visitor cards” could be provided to survivors, in addition to humanitarian help reminiscent of meals and lodging.

The INM will coordinate with native and federal authorities efforts “to provide consular assistance, identify bodies, cover funeral costs,” it stated.

– Finding a manner north –

Moving undocumented migrants hidden in vehicles is the most typical technique utilized by human traffickers working alongside the border from Guatemala into Mexico. They then head north to the US border.

Other migrants have opted to hitch the so-called caravans, in which individuals journey a lot of the lengthy journey on foot, topic to excessive climate in many areas of Mexico and the specter of drug cartels and different organized crime syndicates.

The Mexican department of the UN refugee company (UNHCR) has known as for “alternatives” and authorized pathways for migration in order to “avoid tragedies like this one.”

And Mexican immigration authorities stated the survivors may very well be provided non permanent permits to stay in the nation for “humanitarian reasons” together with meals and housing help.

The circulate of undocumented migrants, who’re fleeing violence and poverty in their house international locations — primarily in Central America — has grown since President Joe Biden got here to workplace with a promise to scrap the hardline border insurance policies of his predecessor Donald Trump.

More than 190,000 migrants had been detected by Mexican authorities between January and September, thrice greater than in 2020. Some 74,300 have been deported.

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