Not less than 53 persons have been killed in Southern Mexico as well as many reportedly injured following an auto crash accident.
Authorities say over 100 people, said to be migrants from Central America, were crammed into the truck’s trailer when it rolled and hit a bridge in the state of Chiapas, according to the BBC.
the victims were line up accross an overturned truck as on Lookers looks on in a picture released.
The head of Chiapas Civil protection Agency Luis Manuel Garcia said that the accident is one of the worst in Mexico.
It’s reported that though, the Nationality of the victims is yet to be confirmed but officials opined that majority are migrants from Honduras and Guatemala.
At least 58 others sustained varing degrees of injuries after the truck carrying people overturned upon hitting a bridge.
Accordingto he the cable network, the truck was reportedly speeding when it flipped on a sharp bend and hit a pedestrian bridge on a main road leading to the Chiapas state capital Tuxtla Gutiérrez.
Chiapas, which neighbours Guatamala, is a major transit point for undocumented migrants.
Hundreds of thousands of migrants fleeing poverty and violence in Central America try to cross through Mexico each year in a bid to reach the US.
Many of them pay smugglers, who illegally transport them in crowded and dangerous trucks on the long journey.
The US-Mexico border is the deadliest single crossing in the world according to data from the International Organization for Migration (IOM). This year alone, at least 650 people have died at the border, trying to cross it, more than in any other year since IOM’s records began.
There are also many deaths on the perilous journey towards the border, however these are harder to accurately document, the IOM said in a statement.
Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador described the crash as “very painful” and wrote on Twitter that he “deeply regrets the tragedy”.
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