Dozens of people were killed when a truck carrying mostly Central American citizens overturned in southern Mexico on Friday, officials said.
Chiapas State Governor Rutilio Escandon, who was killed in the crash, approved The death toll rose to 55 on Friday. Ilgari u approved About 105 people were injured and the Mexican attorney general said three victims were “seriously injured” on Thursday.
Eskandon and other officials said more than 100 people were inside when the trailer overturned on Thursday night.
The Chiapas state government told Reuters that men, women and children were among the injured.
“It went awry and because of the weight of the people inside us, we all went with him,” a Reuters eyewitness was quoted as saying. A local newspaper reported that the truck hit a retaining wall before hitting a pedestrian bridge.
President Andres Manuel Lopez received Obrador Twitter mourning for a “very painful” event.
“I am deeply saddened by the tragedy that occurred as a result of the overturning of a trailer carrying Central American immigrants in Chiapas,” he wrote in his translation. “It’s very painful,” he said. I embrace the families of the victims. “
“This shows us that irregular migration is not the best way,” Guatemalan presidential spokesman Kevin Lopez told Milenio TV after the accident.
El Salvador’s foreign minister, Alexandra Hill, said her government was working to determine if Salvadorans were dead.
Since taking office in January, President Joe Biden has come under heavy criticism for repealing a number of Trump-era orders on his immigration policy and restricting illegal immigration. At the beginning of his presidency, Biden signed an order to stop former President Donald Trump from building a border wall, and he tried to end his “stay in Mexico” policy, but Biden was forced to restart it a few weeks ago following a court order.
Mexican officials routinely encounter migrants wrapped in trailers, including 600 who were found hiding behind two trucks in eastern Mexico last month.
Traveling north from Mexico’s border with Guatemala is dangerous and expensive, and many immigrants fall victim to criminal gangs along the way. In January, 19 people suspected of police involvement in northern Mexico, mostly migrants, were killed.
In March 2021, 13 people were killed in an SUV crash near the U.S.-Mexico border in California. In August, 10 people were killed when a van crashed in southern Texas.
Reuters contributed to this report.