Mexico City (CNN)At slightest 55 radical were killed and much than 100 injured erstwhile a motortruck overturned successful confederate Mexico connected Thursday, with astir of the victims believed to beryllium migrants from Central America, according to section authorities.
The incidental happened successful Mexico's Chiapas state, which borders Guatemala, erstwhile the motortruck carrying dozens of migrants crashed. Photos from the country amusement the motortruck connected its broadside adjacent to a footbridge and bodies laid retired connected the roadworthy wrapped successful assemblage bags.
In video footage taken soon aft the accident, radical could beryllium seen spilled retired connected to the road, adjacent to a achromatic trailer that had divided open. The conveyance crashed connected a choky crook extracurricular the metropolis of Tuxtla Gutierrez, the Chiapas authorities capital.
Later images showed victims of the clang connected a reddish tarp arsenic radical tended to them.
One man, who was successful the motortruck astatine the clip of the mishap but escaped uninjured, told CNN that helium had traveled from Guatemala. All helium remembered was the conveyance overturning and "a batch of dust," helium said.
Children, women and men were among the dead, the manager of the Chiapas Firefighter Institute, Marco Antonio Sánchez, told CNN. "It was speeding, that's what 1 of the radical we were carrying said to me, and well, unfortunately, this is the result."
On Friday, Mexico's President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador sent his condolences to the victims' families.
"We explicit our sorrow for these unfortunate events and nonstop a fraternal hug to the families of those who mislaid their lives successful this accident. It hurts a batch erstwhile these cases occur," helium said from Chihuahua state.
López Obrador added that a 16-year-old miss is among the deceased.
State Governor Rutilio Escandón previously tweeted that successful summation to the deaths, 105 radical were injured successful the clang -- among them 83 men and 22 women.
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said immoderate of the radical who died included overseas nationals.
"My condolences to the victims and affected families. In connection with the State Government and Civil Protection. We marque interaction with the overseas ministries of the affected countries," Ebrard wrote connected Twitter.
Nearly 98% of those killed oregon injured successful the deadly clang were from Guatemala, with the remainder being from Honduras, Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Mexico, Mexican national authorities said Friday.
The trailer was speeding and deed a pedestrian span earlier overturning, according to the lawyer general's office.
The injured see 19 minors, Mexico's Secretariat of Citizen Security and Protection said successful a connection Friday, adding that each injured migrants volition person a visa to transit and enactment successful Mexico.
The operator of the motortruck fled the country pursuing the accident, the secretariat said.
Migration is precise communal from Central American countries similar Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, wherever violence, corruption, nutrient insecurity, and a deficiency of economical accidental person near galore with nary different choice.
The unsafe journey, often organized by radical smugglers, travels northbound done Mexico to scope the US border.
In November, Mexican authorities reported uncovering immoderate 600 migrants hidden successful 2 trailers traveling done the authorities of Veracruz. The country's National Migration Institute said they discovered 145 women and 455 men successful closed container cars that were heading northbound towards the US border.
US Border Patrol arrested a record number of radical for unlawful crossings connected the US-Mexico borderline implicit the past year. There person besides been a grounds number of radical dying portion attempting to transverse the borderline this year, according to the International Organization for Migration.
On Monday, the Biden medication relaunched the arguable Trump-era borderline argumentation known arsenic "Remain successful Mexico," kicking backmost into cogwheel the programme that allows officials to nonstop non-Mexican migrants to Mexico to await their US migration tribunal hearings.
Under the Trump administration, thousands of migrants were taxable to the program, formally known arsenic Migrant Protection Protocols, and resided successful makeshift camps on Mexico's bluish borderline often successful squalor and unsafe conditions.
President Joe Biden pledged to end the program and began the process of admitting those migrants who had antecedently been taxable to it. But a national justice successful Texas disrupted those plans erstwhile helium ordered the medication to revive the policy.
CNN's Priscilla Alvarez and Natalie Gallon contributed reporting.