Nearly 50 migrants dead, dozens injured in south Mexico truck crash

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At least 49 people were killed when a cargo truck apparently packed with Central American migrants rolled over and crashed into a bridge over a highway in Mexico’s southernmost state Thursday.

Fifty-eight other people were also injured in the Chiapas calamity, many of them seriously, officials said.

Photos of the disaster showed victims strewn all over the highway and inside the truck’s cargo area, which was designed to transport perishable goods. The corpses were then placed in white body bags which were laid across the side of the highway. 

Chiapas state civil defense leader Luis Manuel Moreno said that some of the survivors said they were from the nearby country of Guatemala, although the nationalities of all the victims have not been confirmed.

The scene of the accident in Mexico where a truck full of migrants crashed.
The scene of the accident in Mexico where a truck full of migrants crashed.
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The vehicle appeared to topple over due to the weight of its passengers and its speed, and then hit the base of a steel pedestrian bridge near a curve on the road. The impact of the crash smashed open the closed freight storage area where the migrants were being held.

Rescue workers said the total number of passengers was even higher than the sum of the 107 stated deceased and injured, as many limped away from the scene out of fear of being held by immigration officials.

Surviving migrants said they boarded the truck in Mexico near the Guatemalan border and paid between $2,500 and $3,500 to be driven to Puebla, near Mexico City, where they would then hire another set of smugglers to take them to the US border.

Rescue workers helping a women injured in the fatal crash.
Rescue workers helping a women injured in the fatal crash.
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Mexico has recently cracked down on migrant caravans hiking north to seek asylum in the US, but the illegal transports have persisted. In October, stopped a caravan of six vehicles containing 652 Central American migrants heading towards America

With AP wires

The head of the Chiapas state civil defense office estimated that at least 49 people died and 58 people were injured.
The head of the Chiapas state civil defense office estimated that at least 49 people died and 58 people were injured.
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Bodies in bodybags in the street after the deadly crash in Mexico.
Bodies in bodybags in the street after the deadly crash in Mexico.
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Some of the survivors reportedly said they were from Guatemala.
Some of the survivors reportedly said they were from Guatemala.
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