A cargo truck packed with people who appeared to be Central American migrants rolled over and crashed into a pedestrian bridge over a highway in southern Mexico on Thursday, killing at least 53 people and injuring more than dead people.
The federal Attorney General’s Office said the introductory estimate lists 53 dead, with three of the injured in critical condition.
Luis Manuel Moreno, the head of the Chiapas state civil defense office, said about 21 of the injured had serious wounds and was taken to local hospitals.
The crash occurred on a highway leading toward the Chiapas state capital. Photos from the scene showed victims scatter across the pavement and inside the truck’s cargo compartment.
Video footage showed the dead and injured migrants jumbled into a pile inside the collapsed cargo container, with some struggling to extract themselves from the weight of bodies piled atop them.
Later, rescue workers arranged the dead in rows of white sheets, side by side, on the asphalt.
Survivor Celso Pacheco of Guatemala said the truck felt like it was speeding and then seemed to lose control under the weight of the migrants inside, he was sitting on the pavement beside the overturned trailer.
Rescue workers tried to dig survivors from a pile of humanity in the flipped trailer, separating the injured from the dead. Dazed wounded stumbled among the wreckage.