Thirty injured after truck carrying dozens of Central American migrants bound for the U.S. border flips over on a highway in Mexico
- 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
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.
A tractor trailer transporting 75 migrants from Honduras and El Salvador overturned on a road in Veracruz, Mexico, early Thursday morning. The accident left 30 injured
Michael Mejía told reporters his six-year-old daughter was injured in the accident. He had fled Honduras with his daughter and his eight-year-old son
The migrants were headed to the Mexico-United States border when the truck flipped and landed upside down on Federal Highway 180 in Veracruz. Pictured are some of the passengers tending to an injured person
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.
Hundreds of migrants were spotted walking along a highway in the Mexican town of Villa Comaltitlán on Thursday as they made their way to the U.S. border
Luggage bags were seen scattered on the side of a road following a horrific truck accident in the southeastern Mexican state of Veracruz
According to police reports, the truck (pictured) could have flipped due to the poor road conditions in Ranch Nuevo, a town in the city of Vega de Alatorre
Local authorities transferred 45 uninjured migrants, including 25 children, to a temporary shelter where they were attended and fed.
Among the hurt was a six-year-old girl who was traveling with her father, Michael Mejía, and her eight-year-old brother.
‘She has a head contusion, bleeding in a lung and we are at the mercy of God so that she can be saved,’ Mejia told reporters outside a hospital on Thursday, according to Telemundo.
The accident comes just six weeks after a truck smuggling a group of Central American migrants crashed in southern Mexico, leaving 23 dead and injuring 31 passengers.
The vehicle was traveling on a road connecting the cities of Ixtapa and Soyaló in the state of Chiapas when it allegedly experienced mechanical problems, according to investigators. A young girl was among the dead.