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UPDATE: 55 Dead After Truck Smuggling Migrants Crashes In Mexico

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An injured migrant woman is moved by rescue personnel from the site of an accident near Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas state, Mexico, Dec. 9, 2021. (AP Photo)

(AP) — A truck jammed with as many as 200 migrants has crashed into the base of a steel pedestrian bridge in southern Mexico, killing 55 and injuring dozens.

Bodies in bodybags are placed on the side of the road after an accident in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas state, Mexico, Dec. 9, 2021. in southern Mexico. (AP Photo )

The migrants inside the tractor-trailer were tossed and crushed in a pile of the living and the dead. In addition to the 55 killed Thursday evening, at least 52 were injured. It was one of the deadliest days for migrants in Mexico since the 2010 massacre of 72 people by the Zetas drug cartel in the northern state of Tamaulipas.

Rescuers said some people who had been on the truck fled for fear of being detained by immigration agents.

 

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