Eight rises the figure of migrants deceased in a car accident occurred at dawn this Sunday on the Azumbilla-El Seco highway, state of Puebla, Mexico. One of the victims is a Cuban, and there were 11 wounded from various countries, including Cuba.
Of the eight deceased, three are minors. According to local media, five deceased had already been identified, all women, one of them 14 years old; two from Ecuador, two Venezuelans and the Cuban Daime Irais Morales Gerez, 30 years old. The 11 injured were from Honduras, Venezuela, Colombia and Cuba. An unidentified five-year-old girl has been orphaned.
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The tragedy originated when a truck overturned, in which they were traveling along the federal highway from the town of Azumbilla to El Seco, according to reports from the local police and reviewed the agency Latin Press (PL).
A total of 17 migrants were traveling in a Chevrolet with DNYN 757-D license plates from the state of Chiapas.
The Cuban consul in the Central American nation, Miguel Ángel Moreno, appeared at the scene to participate in the identification of the victims, adds the Cuban agency. The Cuban ambassador in Mexico, Marcos Rodríguez, also maintains communication with Cuban officials in Puebla and with relatives of that compatriot, the media highlights.
The bodies of those who lost their lives in the accident were transferred to the facilities of the Forensic Medical Service in Tehuacán. The injured migrants received medical attention in various hospitals near the site of the tragic event, it specifies PL.
Meanwhile, the owner of Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Minrex) from Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, lamented the incident through his Twitter account, and sent his condolences to the families and friends of the victims, and wishes for a speedy recovery for those injured.
We regret the tragic traffic accident that occurred in the municipality of Tehuacán, Mexico, which involved migrants of different nationalities, including Cuban citizens
Heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims, and wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured. 1/3
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Various aid corporations from Tehuacán, Esperanza and Cañada Morelos went to the scene to give support, as well as the State Police and the National Guard, who cordoned off the area and closed the highway in its two lanes, to avoid further mishaps, reports the newspaper La Jornada. in his web page.
When looking for data on the vehicle, it was learned that it had a report of theft since August 2, a crime that was committed in the state of Chiapas, and to date it is unknown if the driver is among the injured or he fled. points out a Mexican media.
Thousands of Latin American migrants, including many Cubans, try to reach the southern border of the United States irregularly through Mexican territory with the aim of crossing it and settling in that country.
According to the most up-to-date figures from the United States Department of Customs and Border Protection, they indicate that only in the first eight months of the current fiscal year (as of October 2021) 140,602 migrants from the Island have arrived in that territory.