Migrant Truck Crash Kills 54 in Mexico

Dozens of people have been killed and dozens more injured after a truck rolled over and crashed into a bridge over a highway in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas on Thursday.

Chiapas Governor Rutilio Escandon said 49 people died at the scene on Thursday, and five more died while receiving medical attention.

The cargo truck was full of Central American migrants and refugees trying to reach the US, Aljazeera reported.

According to local officials, more than 100 people were inside, although the number may have been higher than what was reported, as some injured passengers fled the scene for fear of being detained by immigration authorities.

Chiapas state civil defense leader Luis Manuel Moreno said the nationalities of all the victims are yet to be confirmed, but some survivors said they were from the nearby country of Guatemala.

Meanwhile, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador called the incident “very painful,” and El Salvador’s foreign minister, Alexandra Hill, said her government was working to see if Salvadorans had died in the crash.

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