53 Migrants Die in Truck Smuggling Crash in Southern Mexico

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Nuevo Leon State Police

Federal authorities in Mexico claim to be looking into a deadly crash that killed 53 Central American migrants and injured several more. At least 100 migrants had been stuffed inside a tractor-trailer and the driver is believed to have lost control of the vehicle.

The case took place on Thursday afternoon near Tuxtla Gutierrez in Chiapas, Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office revealed in a prepared statement. According to Revista Proceso, the driver had successfully passed through a police checkpoint and was headed north when he lost control and the trailer separated before toppling over. The driver managed to escape.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took to social media to express his condolences.

Mexico’s government has been largely unable to stop cartel-connected human smuggling organizations from moving thousands of migrants to the U.S. on a daily basis. Mexico’s government deployed hundreds of National Guardsmen to help the understaffed ranks of the National Immigration Institute (INM) to stop visible caravans. However, those agencies have been infiltrated by organized crime and are enabling cartels to continue smuggling operations.

Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-winning journalist with Breitbart Texas. He co-founded Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and senior Breitbart management. You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook. He can be contacted at Iortiz@breitbart.com

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