A month after over 50 people perished in comparable circumstances in the US, some migrants have managed to escape from a truck that was abandoned in Mexico.
Despite being on its way to the US border, the truck’s driver left it in front of a checkpoint, according to paramedics.
In order to escape the oppressive heat, they fought their way out of the lorry’s top.
On Wednesday night, the authorities discovered at least 94 individuals, the majority of whom were Guatemalan. It’s possible that some other people fled.
After leaping from the top of the car, many of those discovered required treatment for ankle and knee fractures.
One individual who was unconscious, according to paramedics, was transferred to a hospital.
A call to the police was made about 21:20. (02:20 GMT Thursday).
According to Jose Dominguez, head of civil protection in adjacent Oluta, workers at a gas station close to where the lorry was left assisted the migrants in getting away.
The area was being patrolled by the Mexican navy and national guard, who were looking for anyone hiding in the nearby bushes.
paramedic for civil protection According to Cristobal Cisneros Valencia, the migrants “started to feel smothered” and beat on the trailer’s roof until they managed to break through and jump out.
The majority of the wounds we treated, he explained, were fractures of the ankle and knee along with a compromised sense of balance.
One individual had to be taken to the hospital because he was unresponsive.
Some of the patients had fled, according to Kenia Diaz, a different paramedic, out of concern for their safety.
The foreign ministry of Guatemala reported that 89 of those discovered were Guatemalan, including 55 adults, with the remainder being children and families. Additionally, according to Mr. Dominguez, there were five Hondurans, four Ecuadorians, two Indians, one El Salvadorian, and one Nepalese.
It follows the worst human trafficking episode in US history, in which 53 people perished in a lorry that had been abandoned in San Antonio, Texas, in June.
The victims’ deaths were attributed to heat exhaustion and dehydration since the truck’s air conditioner was broken and they had no access to water.
There were a total of 64–67 passengers in the truck.