Central American migrants die in Mexico accident

Central American migrants die in Mexico accident

Central American migrants die in Mexico accident

The 3-ton Ford truck did not have license plates, according to a preliminary investigation opened by the Chiapas state prosecutor.

Chiapas is a major transit point for migrants, especially from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, as many trek through Mexico on their way to the USA border.

Authorities in the southern Mexico state of Chiapas say at least 25 Central American migrants have died when the truck they were traveling in overturned.

Every year, thousands of Central Americans, mainly from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, attempt unsafe trips through Mexico trying to reach the United States or attempting to find opportunities for work in Mexico.

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The truck involved in this accident was carrying an estimated 80 people, said Isidro Hernandez of the local Red Cross.

The fatalities include at least one minor, Hernandez added. Earlier this week, the US Customs and Border Protection said that more than 76,000 illegals crossed into the United States without authorization in February, which is an 11-year high.

In October a caravan with as many as 7,000 people fleeing poverty and violence in their countries, traveled through Mexico to Tijuana on the border with California before disbanding.

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