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MEXICO CITY – At least 49 people were killed and dozens injured in a horrific truck crash in southern Mexico on Thursday, authorities said, with most of the victims being migrants from Central America.

The accident, which occurred in the southern state of Chiapas, occurred when a truck carrying more than 100 people overturned Thursday afternoon near Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the capital, said to Milenio TV the head of the state civil protection service, Luis Manuel García Moreno.

The toll could increase, with at least three people seriously injured. The crash is one of the deadliest involving migrants in decades, and follows the deaths of 13 migrants in a car crash at the U.S. border in March.

Mr García said that, based on witness testimony, the truck was traveling at excessive speed and then overturned while going around a sharp bend, with the trailer carrying the migrants then crashing into a pedestrian bridge and roadworks at proximity.

Images and videos shared on social media showed more than a dozen bodies lying on the road covered in white sheets near what appeared to be the twisted remains of an overturned vehicle.

The Civil Protection Service said on Facebook that 58 people were injured. The accident happened on the highway between the city of Chiapa de Corzo and the state capital.

“My solidarity with the victims of the traffic accident,” state governor Rutilio Escandón said on Twitter. “I gave instructions to bring prompt attention and assistance to the injured. Liability will be determined in accordance with the law.

Bordering Guatemala, the state of Chiapas has seen an influx of migrants from Central America in recent years, many of them smuggled through Mexico on their way to the United States border. A record 1.7 million migrants, mostly from Mexico and Central America, have been found attempting to enter the United States illegally in the 12 months leading up to October of this year.

The fatal accident comes just a day after the United States re-launched a contentious migrant law enforcement program known as Remain in Mexico, which would force asylum seekers to wait on the other side border while their cases are tried in US courts. The program has been heavily criticized by human rights groups because of the dangerous conditions migrants face in Mexico.

“As part of the Remain in Mexico program, the United States and Mexico have knowingly put the lives of thousands of asylum seekers at risk,” Human Rights Watch researcher Ari Sawyer said Thursday.

Attempting to reach the United States, whether to seek asylum or to seek economic opportunity, is a dangerous and sometimes deadly process, with migrants having to traverse cartel-infested territory in northern Mexico, often paying the price. a high price for smugglers to obtain them. at the border.

Migrants are regularly crammed into trucks or cars on their journey north and are frequently victims of violence along the way. In January, the bodies of 19 people, most of them migrants, were found in a charred van near the US border. A group of 12 police officers were subsequently arrested in connection with the crime.

At least 3,575 deaths have been recorded on the US-Mexico border since 2014, according to the International Organization for Migration, with 650 people killed trying to cross the US border this year alone – the highest number since IOM began documenting the deaths in 2014..

“The increase in the death toll among migrants in the region is very alarming. Michele Klein-Solomon, IOM regional director for Central America, North America and the Caribbean, said Wednesday in a statement.

At least 750 migrants have been killed trying to cross through Mexico since 2014, according to IOM, and thousands more have simply disappeared.

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