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The incident was the result of a “car accident of two trucks,” says Chiapas’ civil protection agency. According to Luis Manuel Garcia, head of the Chiapas civil protection agency, the vehicle carrying the migrants crashed along a sharp curve in the road outside the city of Tuxtla Gutierrez.
The victims appeared to be migrants from Central America, The Associated Press reported.
“I deeply regret the tragedy caused by the overturning of a trailer in Chiapas carrying Central American migrants. It’s very painful. I embrace the families of the victims,” Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador tweeted.
Mexico’s National Institute of Immigration also confirmed the incident on Twitter, saying it “regrets the death of migrants in the tragic accident that occurred in Chiapas.”
The institute added in a Twitter thread that it is coordinating efforts with national, state and municipal authorities to provide consular assistance, identify bodies, cover funeral expenses, and facilitate the repatriation of remains to countries of origin.