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One dead, 81 injured in Mexico after truck carrying migrants capsized

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — A person has died and 81 others have been injured when a truck packed with migrants from Central America overturns in southern Mexico on a highway that leads to the United States, officials said.

It was not immediately clear what caused the accident, which occurred on Tuesday near the city of San Andres Tuxtla in southeastern Mexico, about 515 km from Mexico City. The accident occurred on the Carretera 180 motorway that runs to Texas.

The majority of the injured are from Guatemala, and there are others from Honduras, the Mexican National Guard said in a statement. He did not provide details of the severity of the injuries.

Pictures of Reuters showed from the scene of the accident a medium-sized white commercial truck was overturned and the driver’s window shattered.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has instructed the National Guard’s military police to prevent immigrants from reaching the United States under intense pressure from Washington to stem the flow of immigrants from Central America.

All the injured immigrants were taken to two nearby hospitals and a temporary shelter was established to treat some of the injured, the Veracruz Civil Protection Agency said in a statement.

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