“Based on the testimonies of the survivors, most of them are from Guatemala,” said Luis Manuel Garcia, the state’s director of civil defense, according to the AFP news agency.
Most of the injured were transferred to public and private hospitals, while the National Migration Agency (INM) is monitoring the legal status of the victims, Garcia added.
“Grave Accident In Chiapas with victims of citizens of other countries. (…) When dealing with state government and civil defense. We are in touch with the foreign ministries of the affected countries, ”tweeted Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrat.
Local television footage showed ambulances, firefighters and rescue workers concentrating around the crashed vehicle, while some more confused and shocked migrants waited for medical attention.
The crashed truck was traveling in a congested area of the truck and may have lost control due to its driving speed, local officials said.
Meanwhile, state governor Rutilio Escandón confirmed the crash on a section of highway connecting the capital, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, with the city of Chiapa de Corzo, and expressed his solidarity with the victims.
One of the most common methods of transferring immigrants in trucks is to smuggle people into Mexican territory in an attempt to cross the country’s northern border. To usAFP added.
He promised to analyze the cases of undocumented immigrants fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries – mainly in Central America – after the arrival of Democrat Joe Biden.
Between January and September, more than 190,000 immigrants were identified by Mexican authorities, three times more than by 2020. The AFP report concludes that about 74,300 people have been deported