At least 10 Cuban migrants were killed and 17 others seriously injured when a truck carrying them had an accident in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, Mexico’s migration agency said on Sunday. The accident occurred along the Pacific coast portion of the Pijijiapan-Tonala highway in Chiapas, a common route taken by migrants entering Mexico from Guatemala on their way north to the United States.
The driver of the Ford truck, which was not designed to carry so many people, fled the scene of the accident, the National Migration Institute (INM) said in a statement.
“According to initial reports, the driver was speeding, lost control of the aircraft and overturned,” the INM added.
Footage shared by authorities showed a truck without license plates lying on its side in a ditch along the highway, with half of the wooden bed and high side panels on the right side torn off.
The 17 injured have been taken to hospitals and are being monitored, INM said. One of the dead migrants was a child.
Traffic accidents involving migrants are not uncommon in Mexico, where many people crossing the country travel to the United States in unauthorized and poorly maintained vehicles.
In December 2021, at least 54 people, believed to be mainly of Central American descent, were killed in Chiapas when the truck they were in overturned.
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