Mexico: 98 migrants rescued from a truck en route to the United States

Mexico: 98 migrants rescued from truck en route to US


A group of 98 migrants were rescued from a truck bound for the United States that had been abandoned by its driver on the side of a road in eastern Mexico, just a month later the death of 53 people in San Antonio, Texas, under similar conditions. 

The migrants were found overnight from Wednesday to Thursday on a road in the state of Veracruz, according to a police source.

“They indicated that they were abandoned by the driver”, d 'according to the police report which does not specify the nationality of those found.

In addition to the 98 people rescued, a hundred escaped, according to witnesses quoted by the press.

A dozen people had to be hospitalized for bruises and problems with lack of oxygen. Others got out of the vehicle with backpacks, an AFP correspondent noted.

The tractor-trailer was heading up the road from the Gulf of Mexico towards Nuevo Laredo, a town near the border between Mexico and Texas.

On June 27, 56 migrants were found asphyxiated in an abandoned trailer near San Antonio.

On December 9, 56 migrants were also died in a truck accident on a highway in the state of Chiapas, in southern Mexico. On Wednesday in Nicaragua, 16 migrants were killed and 47 injured in a bus accident. 

In Chiapas these days, hundreds of migrants blocked a road in front of the offices of the National Migration Institute to require temporary resident permits allowing them to cross Mexico into the United States.

Since 2014, some 6,430 migrants have died or gone missing in Mexico on their way to the United States , according to the International Organization for Migration.