At least 10 Cuban migrants were killed and 17 others were injured when the truck they were traveling in overturned on Sunday in southern Mexico, Mexican authorities said.
The truck was “irregularly” transporting 27 Cubans along the Pijijiapan-Tonalá highway, in the southern state of Chiapas, when the accident occurred, the National Migration Institute (INM) of Mexico reported in a statement.
Authorities said initial reports suggested the driver had been speeding and lost control of the unit, fleeing the scene after it overturned.
The 10 victims were women and among them a minor, authorities said. All the injured are being treated in hospital.
“The INM will establish communication with the consular authorities to begin the administrative process for the repatriation of the bodies to their country of origin and is aware of the evolution of the health status of the seriously injured,” the statement said.
Immigrants from Central America and the Caribbean sometimes travel through mexico on trucks and trailers in the hope of reaching the United States.
In 2021, 55 people were killed and more than 100 injured when a truck believed to also be carrying migrants annulled in the state of Chiapaswhich borders Guatemala.