Thirty injured after truck carrying dozens of Central American migrants bound for U.S. border flips over on highway in Mexico

Friday, April 19, 2019
By Paul Martin

The truck was carrying 75 adults and children when it flipped on a road in the Mexican state of Veracruz early on Thursday
At least 30 passengers from Honduras and El Salvador were taken to a local hospital for treatment
Authorities reported that 45 people, including 25 children, were taken to a temporary shelter in the city of Vega de Alatorre
Because of its proximity to Central America, the state of Veracruz has served as a major transit point for migrants looking to reach the United States

19 April 2019

A truck carrying 75 Central American migrants bound for the United States border flipped over on a road in southeastern Mexico early Thursday morning, leaving 30 people injured.

The tractor trailer was travelling north on Federal Highway 180 in the state of Veracruz when it overturned and landed on the side of the road at around 4am local time.

The migrants were reportedly headed to Matamoros in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas with the intention of crossing the border into southern Texas and turning themselves in to U.S. immigration officials.

Traffickers had charged the migrants between $5,000 to $6,000 to travel with a child from Honduras to the Mexico-United States border.

On Thursday, hundreds of migrants were spotted walking along a highway in the Mexican town of Villa Comaltitlán, located in the southern state of Chiapas.

They were about 1,000 miles from reaching the U.S. border.

The crash comes after U.S. border patrol agents said on Tuesday that they had intercepted roughly 1,800 undocumented immigrants in one day as they crossed over the U.S. border.

According to police reports, the single-vehicle accident could have been caused by the poor road conditions in Rancho Nuevo, a town in the city of Vega de Alatorre.

Still images of the accident showed luggage scattered over the dark road.

Footage also showed several people standing over a child that was hurt.

The injured passengers, including a 29-year-old pregnant woman identified as Jacqueline, were taken to several local hospitals in the area.

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