At least 15 migrants have died and 36 others have been injured after a tragic accident in central Mexico.
The migrants, mostly from Venezuela, were traveling in the state of Puebla when the bus collided with a truck. The Puebla state government confirmed the crash on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.
Images shared on X by Mexico’s National Guard show officers near two heavily damaged vehicles on a highway bend in a hilly-mountainous area.
According to Mexican media, the highway is often used by human smugglers. Migrants are often bussed from Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala on their way north to the US.
The injured were transported to three hospitals in the city of Tehuacan.
Hundreds of thousands of migrants seeking to escape poverty and violence in Central America try to cross through Mexico each year with their eyes on the US.
Many of them pay smugglers, who illegally transport them in trucks full of people on a long journey that not infrequently ends in an accident.