At least 25 Central American migrants and refugees died and dozens more were injured on Thursday after the truck they were travelling in overturned in southern Mexico, according to authorities.
The Chiapas state prosecutor’s office said in a statement late on Thursday that 29 others were injured in the accident. It appears the driver lost control of the truck near the town of Francisco Sarabia in the municipality of Soyalo.
The injured were transported to hospitals. Authorities did not provide the nationalities of the victims, and say the investigation continues.
The truck involved in this accident was carrying an estimated 80 people, said Isidro Hernandez of the local Red Cross. Some who were not injured may have fled.
The fatalities include at least one minor, Hernandez added.
Chiapas is the main entry point for Central American migrants arriving in Mexico from Guatemala.
|People from a caravan of Central American migrants walk alongside a highway, on their way towards the US [File: Getty Images/Mario Tama]|
Every year, thousands of Central Americans, mainly from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, attempt dangerous trips through Mexico trying to reach the United States or attempting to find opportunities for work in Mexico.
Many travel in group caravans for safety, while others hire human traffickers who put them in overcrowded trucks with often unsanitary conditions.
Central Americans have told Al Jazeera they are fleeing poverty, violence and political persecution.