Truck Accident in Mexico – At least 54 people have died in a trailer overturning – NEWS WORLD UPDATE

Authorities say at least 54 people were killed and several more injured after the truck they were carrying in an accident in southern Mexico.

In the state of Chiapas, more than 150 people who are said to be immigrants from Central America crammed into a truck trailer as it rolled over.

One of the residents heard a man begging his severely offended companion, “Remember what you promised your mother! Hold on!”

The pictures show victims across the road next to an overturned truck.

Sabina Lopez, who lived nearby and ran to the scene after the accident, told the AFP news agency that she had seen dozens of people screaming in pain, some trapped in the wreckage and others unconscious.

“It was awful to hear the wailing. I was just thinking about helping,” Lopez, 18, told AFP.

He said the container broke in two as a result of the collision and the top was torn off.

Isaias Diaz arrived 15 minutes after the accident and helped the ambulance with people showing signs of life.

“I saw five or six children who were clearly injured. With broken legs, ribs, [injured] heads, people with cuts around their necks,” he told AFP.

“Crying, pain, despair. It was a terrible scene,” he added.

Residents offered water and a cell phone to the survivors of the accident to contact their relatives. It was also said that the driver and a person were injured and then fled.

This is one of the worst accidents of its kind in Mexico. Forty-nine people have been confirmed on the scene and five more have been hospitalized, said Governor Rutilio Escandón of Chiapas.

105 people were injured in the accident – 83 men and 22 women.

Disaster management officials say the victims include men, women and children. Most of the people on board came from Guatemala, but there were others from Honduras, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic.

The truck was reportedly moving at high speed when it overturned in a sharp bend and collided with a footbridge on the main road to Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital of the state of Chiapas, at around 3:30 p.m., local time.

Chiapas, adjacent to Guatemala, is a major transit point for undocumented migrants.

Hundreds of thousands of migrants fleeing poverty and violence in Central America attempt to cross Mexico each year to reach the United States.

Many pay smugglers who transport them illegally in crowded and dangerous trucks on long journeys.

Human rights groups have recently criticized the Biden government for restoring the Trump-era border policy, which requires asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while applications are processed. The policy meant that thousands of migrants were forced to stay in dangerous cities.

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the U.S.-Mexico border is the deadliest crossing point in the world. This year alone, at least 650 people have died crossing the border – more than in any other year since IOM registration began.

There are also many deaths on the dangerous road to the border, but these are more difficult to document accurately, the IOM said in a statement.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador described the accident as “very painful” and wrote on Twitter that he “deeply regrets the tragedy”.

At a press conference on Friday, Mr López Obrador said the incident was being investigated and that it was to draw attention to the need to address the causes of migration through Mexico.

Last month, a migrant caravan passing through Chiapas found that local authorities had squeezed the people who transported the migrants so much that they had to make virtually the entire journey on foot.

This meant carrying their children in their arms in the scorching heat and heavy rains of the southern Mexican states of Mexico.

This is a tactic used by the government to try to break the will of migrants in case someone gives up and returns or accepts the terms of Mexican asylum.

The trucks have been transporting thousands of migrants all along – or with the help of public authorities.

Their caravan is full of families standing in cramped and unsafe conditions for hours, wondering that such cases are not more common.

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