MÉXICO – Guardia Nacional confirmó la muerte de 55 migrantes y 105 lesionados en accidente de migrantes en carretera de Chiapas /TRUCK CRASH – 54 migrants dead, 105 injured in truck crash in southern Mexico

El gobernador de la entidad informó sobre la muerte de un menor de edad quien perdió la vida en el siniestro, entre los lesionados se encuentran 95 personas de Guatemala, una de honduras, una de México, una de Ecuador, tres de República Dominicana y cuatro sin definir

En la conferencia matutina desde Chihuahua del presidente, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), Luis Rodríguez Bucio, General de la Guardia Nacional dio el informe sobre el accidente de migrantes en la entidad.

Fue en la tarde del jueves 9 de diciembre cuando se reportó la volcadura de un tráiler que transportaba migrantes en el kilómetro 9 de la carretera Tuxtla- Chiapas de Corzo.

El General explicó que alrededor de 160 migrantes de países centroamericanos, eran trasladados en dos cajas, tras el siniestro, mientras que el conductor se dio a la fuga, reporte preliminar hasta las 22:00 y ratificado a las 8:00 horas, fue de 54 fallecidos y 105 lesionados, quienes fueron trasladados vía terrestre y aérea a diferentes unidades médicas tanto en Tuxtla Gutiérrez, como en Chiapas de Corzo.

Fue a las 9:00 horas cuando el gobernador de la entidad, Rutilio Escandón confirmó la muerte de un menor de edad durante el siniestro, por lo que la cifra se elevó a 55 personas fallecidas.

“Tras el accidente de ayer, lamentablemente hoy falleció una persona más (suman 55 fallecidos). En conjunto con el Gobierno Federal, garantizamos a los lesionados y familias de los fallecidos que no están solos. He instruido brindar atención necesaria, no escatimaremos esfuerzos”

El gobernador de Chiapas dio a conocer la muerte de un menor de edad en el accidente que tuvo lugar en la carretera Tuxtla- Chiapas de Corzo. (Imagen: Twitter/ @RutilioEscandon)
En este contexto, se tiene registro de que los 19 menores de edad que iban a bordo de la unidad, eran de Guatemala y de Honduras.

Fue así, que el titular de la GN aclaró que el tráiler no cruzó ninguno de los puestos de visión para rescate de migrantes, asimismo, se afirmó en la conferencia matutina que la Fiscalía de Chiapas abrió por este accidente, una carpeta de investigación por el delito de homicidio contra quien resulte responsable.

“Es importante recalcar que este vehículo no había cruzado ninguno de los puestos de revisión que se tiene para rescate de migrantes, posteriormente, cerca de las 17:00 horas la Fiscalía estatal tomó conocimiento de los hechos”

Por su parte el, mandatario mexicano mencionó dos eventos en los que ha tratado el tema de los migrantes, como su intervención en la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU), en donde habló sobre Centroamérica y posteriormente trató el mismo tema en la Casa Blanca.

Una de las propuestas para el presidente Joe Biden fue que se replicaran en Centroamérica los programas sociales del gobierno del tabasqueño.

Asimismo, se hizo una recapitulación de otros eventos en donde se han realizado rescates a migrantes, como el ocurrido el pasado 3 de diciembre en Tecamachalco, Puebla, en donde el chofer de un tráiler se dio a la fuga, en cuya unidad iban migrantes.

Por otra parte, el 7 de octubre en Oyama, Tamaulipas se identificaron a tres tractocamiones que trasladaban a 634 migrantes, los cuales fueron abiertos para proceder con el rescate de las personas.

“Duele mucho”: AMLO lamentó el accidente en el que perdieron la vida decenas de migrantes centroamericanos
El presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador, lamentó el accidente ocurrido el jueves en Chiapas en el que perdieron la vida al menos 55 migrantes -casi todos guatemaltecos y entre los que se encuentra una adolescente de 16 años de edad-, cuando eran trasladados en la caja de un tráiler, al asegurar que “duele mucho” que ocurran este tipo de casos, originados -principalmente- por la pobreza y la violencia que se vive en sus países de origen.

“Primero expresar nuestro dolor por estos hechos tan lamentables, tristes y enviar un abrazo fraterno a los familiares de los que perdieron la vida en este accidente. Eso es lo principal, duele mucho cuando se dan estos casos”, aseguró.

“Hemos venido insistiendo de que hay que atender las causas que originan estos lamentables hechos y le puedo hablar de dos eventos recientes en los que he tratado el problema: mi intervención en la ONU versó sobre este fenómeno de la migración. ¿Por qué este es un fenómeno mundial? Porque impera la corrupción en el mundo y hay una monstruosa desigualdad económica y social y hay regiones del mundo completamente en el abandono. Hay 750 millones de seres humanos que sobreviven con 2 dólares diarios, mientras una minoría vive colmada de atenciones, de privilegios, acumulando cada vez más riqueza mediante la especulación financiera y sin escrúpulos morales de ninguna índole”, señaló.

TRUCK CRASH – 54 migrants dead, 105 injured in truck crash in southern Mexico

TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico — Rescue workers rushing to a highway accident found a horrific scene of death and injury after a freight truck jammed with as many as 200 migrants tipped over and crashed into the base of a steel pedestrian bridge in southern Mexico.

The migrants inside the cargo trailer were tossed and crushed in a pile of both the living and the dead.

By late Thursday, authorities said 54 people were killed and 105 others were injured.

It was one of the worst single-day death tolls for migrants in Mexico since the 2010 massacre of 72 migrants by the Zetas drug cartel in the northern state of Tamaulipas.

Volunteer rescuers hauled bodies off the pile by their arms and legs, while some migrants scrambled to extract themselves from the twisted steel sheets of the collapsed container.

One young man, pinned in a heap of unmoving bodies, wriggled to free the lower half of his frame, his face wrenched into a grimace as he extracted himself from the weight of the dead.

Nearby, a man blinked his eyes, unable to move as he lay on the shoulder of the road. Next to him was a fellow migrant, stouter and older, whose eyes stared lifeless and unblinking into the setting sun.

While the Mexican government is trying to appease the United States by stopping caravans of walking migrants and allowing the reinstatement of the “Remain in Mexico” policy, it hasn’t been able to stop the flood of migrants stuffed hundreds at a time into freight trucks operated by smugglers who charge thousands of dollars to take them to the U.S. border – trips that all too often lead them only to their deaths.

The most severely injured, many bloodied, were carried by their arms and legs to plastic sheets set on the road. Those who could walk were led, stunned and uncomprehending, to the same sheets. Ambulances, cars and pickup trucks were pressed into service, ferrying the injured to hospitals.

Later, the dead were laid in rows of white sheets, side by side, on the highway.

Rescue workers who first arrived said that even more migrants had been aboard the truck when it crashed and had fled for fear of being detained by immigration agents. One paramedic said some of those who hurried into surrounding neighborhoods were bloodied or bruised, but still limped away in their desperation to escape.

About 200 migrants may have been packed into the truck, said Guatemala’s top human rights official, Jordán Rodas. While shocking, that number is not unusual for migrant smuggling operations in Mexico, and the weight of the load – combined with speed and a nearby curve – may have been enough to throw the truck off balance, authorities said.

Luis Manuel Moreno, head of the Chiapas state civil defense office, said about 21 of the injured had serious wounds and were taken to local hospitals. The federal Attorney General’s Office said three were critically injured in the crash on a highway leading from the Guatemalan border toward the Chiapas state capital.

Sitting on the pavement beside the overturned trailer, survivor Celso Pacheco of Guatemala said the truck felt like it was speeding and then seemed to lose control.

Pacheco said there were migrants mostly from Guatemala and Honduras aboard and estimated there were eight to 10 young children. He said he was trying to reach the United States, but now expected to be deported to Guatemala.

Marco Antonio Sánchez, director of the Chiapas Firefighter Institute, said ambulances raced victims to three hospitals, carrying three to four injured each. When there weren’t enough ambulances, they loaded them into pickup trucks, he said.

Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei wrote on Twitter: “I deeply regret the tragedy in Chiapas state, and I express my solidarity for the victims’ families, to whom we will offer all the necessary consular assistance, including repatriation.”

The truck had originally been a closed freight module of the kind used to transport perishable goods. The container was smashed open by the force of the impact. It was unclear if the driver survived.

Those who spoke to survivors said the migrants told of boarding the truck in Mexico, near the border with Guatemala, and of paying between $2,500 and $3,500 to be taken to Mexico’s central state of Puebla. Once there, they would presumably have contracted with another set of smugglers to take them to the U.S. border.

In recent months, Mexican authorities have tried to block migrants from walking in large groups toward the U.S. border, but the clandestine and illicit flow of smuggling has continued.

In October, in one of the largest busts in recent memory, authorities in the northern border state of Tamaulipas found 652 mainly Central American migrants jammed into a convoy of six cargo trucks heading toward the U.S. border.

Irineo Mujica, an activist who is leading a march of about 400 migrants who have been walking for almost 1 1/2 months across southern Mexico, blamed Thursday’s disaster on Mexico cracking down on migrant caravans.

Mujica and his group had almost reached the outskirts of Mexico City, after weeks of dealing with National Guard officers who tried to block the march. Mujica said the group would stop and offer prayers for the dead migrants.

“These policies that kill us, that murder us, is what leads to this type of tragedy,” Mujica said.

In fact, they are two very different groups. Caravans generally attract migrants who don’t have the thousands of dollars needed to pay migrant smugglers.

Migrants involved in serious accidents are often allowed to stay in Mexico at least temporarily because they are considered witnesses to and victims of a crime, and Mexico’s National Immigration Institute said it would offer humanitarian visas to the survivors.

The agency also said the Mexican government would help identify the dead and cover funeral costs or repatriation of their remains.

Mass deaths of migrants are something that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been desperate to avoid, even as his administration has accepted requests from the U.S. government to stem the flow of migrants moving north.

“It is very painful,” he wrote on his Twitter account about the crash.

ABC News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.