49 migrants killed, dozens more injured in truck crash in southern 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 on Dec. 9, 2021. (AP Photo)

TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico (AP) — Mexican authorities say 49 people were killed and dozens more injured when a cargo truck carrying Central American migrants rolled over on a highway in southern Mexico.

An official at the Chiapas state civil defense office confirms a preliminary estimated of 49 dead and 37 injured.

It is not unusual for freight trucks in Mexico to be carrying so many people in migrant-smuggling operations in southern Mexico.

The crash occurred Thursday on a highway leading toward the Chiapas state capital.

Photos from the scene show victims strewn across the pavement and inside the truck’s freight compartment.

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