Mexico City – A tragic bus accident in southern Mexico on Friday has left 16 Venezuelan and Haitian migrants dead and 27 others injured.
The crash occurred when a bus carrying the migrants tipped over on a highway curve in Oaxaca state, according to state authorities. Initial reports had put the death toll at 18 before being revised.
Photos show the bus overturned along the tight bend as it traveled between Oaxaca and Puebla states. The 27 injured passengers of varying nationalities were transported to nearby hospitals.
The accident highlights the dangers faced by migrants traversing Mexico to reach the US border, often crammed precariously in trucks and buses. With migration at high levels, many attempt risky journeys across Mexico by road to evade authorities.
Bus crashes involving migrants have turned deadly in Mexico before, especially along perilous mountain highways. This latest tragedy underscores the need for improved safety measures to protect vulnerable migrants enroute.
Oaxaca officials continue investigating the exact cause of the bus tipping over. As a major transit hub, the state grapples with risks posed by frequent migrant and passenger transport through its mountainous terrain.
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