Guatemala receives bodies of 15 migrants killed in Mexico trailer accident

Mexican soldiers upload into a hearse one of 15 coffins of Guatemalan migrants who died in a truck crash in southern Mexico after arriving from Mexico at the Guatemalan Air Force (FAG) headquarters in Guatemala City, Guatemala, December 30, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sebastian

GUATEMALA CITY, December 31, 2021 (Reuters) – The bodies of 15 people killed when a trailer carrying migrants overturned in Mexico were returned to Guatemala on Thursday and reunited with families who will lay them to rest as the year ends.

In all, 56 people were killed when a truck packed with migrants flipped over in the state of Chiapas earlier this month. Of the 37 Guatemalan nationals identified among the victims, the remains of only 19 have so far been returned.

Guatemala’s foreign ministry has said there are 18 other victims who are still being identified, but whose bodies will be repatriated in the coming days.

Mexican soldiers upload into a hearse one of 15 coffins of Guatemalan migrants who died in a truck crash in southern Mexico after arriving from Mexico at the Guatemalan Air Force (FAG) headquarters in Guatemala City, Guatemala, December 30, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sebastian
Mexican soldiers upload into a hearse one of 15 coffins of Guatemalan migrants who died in a truck crash in southern Mexico after arriving from Mexico at the Guatemalan Air Force (FAG) headquarters in Guatemala City, Guatemala, December 30, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sebastian

The incident underscored the dangers migrants face on the road to the U.S. border, often at the hands of human-traffickers known as coyotes. Dozens of migrants have died from violence or accidents in Mexico over the past decade.

The 15 victims, all male, whose bodies were returned on Thursday were transferred by the Mexican Air Force, Mexico’s government said. The Guatemalan Air Force then transported their bodies in caskets to the homes of their families.

Mexican soldiers unload one of 15 coffins of Guatemalan migrants who died in a truck crash in southern Mexico, after arriving from Mexico, at the Guatemalan Air Force (FAG) headquarters in Guatemala City, Guatemala, December 30, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sebastian
Mexican soldiers unload one of 15 coffins of Guatemalan migrants who died in a truck crash in southern Mexico, after arriving from Mexico, at the Guatemalan Air Force (FAG) headquarters in Guatemala City, Guatemala, December 30, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sebastian








A Mexican government statement said officials have so far identified 50 of the victims from the trailer accident from Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Ecuador.

Another 74 Guatemalans have been discharged from various hospitals in the city of Tuxtla Gutierrez in Chiapas, near the site of the accident. There are still 27 people hospitalized, more than half of them in serious condition.

Candles burn at the site of a truck accident on the Tuxtla-Chiapa de Corzo highway that left several migrants from Guatemala dead in Tuxtla Gutierrez in Chiapas state, Mexico December 11, 2021. REUTERS/Toya Sarno Jordan
Candles burn at the site of a truck accident on the Tuxtla-Chiapa de Corzo highway that left several migrants from Guatemala dead in Tuxtla Gutierrez in Chiapas state, Mexico December 11, 2021. REUTERS/Toya Sarno Jordan

Following the incident, the United States, Mexico, Guatemala and other countries pledged to crack down on international people-smuggling networks they blamed for the deaths.

Source: Reuters



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