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Guatemala receives the body of an immigrant killed in a Mexican car accident

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Officials in Central American countries have stated that they received 15 bodies and 18 victims have still been identified, but the bodies will be repatriated within a few days.

A total of 56 people were killed when a truck packed with immigrants turned over in Chiapas earlier this month. (AP)

The bodies of 15 people killed when a trailer carrying capsized migrants in Mexico was returned to Guatemala and reunited with their families to rest them at the end of the year.

According to the Mexican government, the 15 victims whose bodies were returned on Thursday were all men and were transferred by the Mexican Air Force. The Guatemalan Air Force then put the body in a casket and carried the body to the family’s home.

A total of 56 people were killed when a truck packed with immigrants turned over in Chiapas earlier this month. Of the 37 Guatemalan citizens identified among the victims, only 19 have been returned so far.

The Guatemalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the body, although still identified, had 18 other victims repatriated within a few days.

The incident emphasized the dangers immigrants face on the road to the border with the United States. It is often in the hands of a trafficker known as a coyote. Over the last decade, dozens of migrants have died in violence and accidents in Mexico.

Smuggling network crackdown

Authorities have identified 50 of the victims of trailer accidents in Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Ecuador so far, according to a statement from the Mexican government.

An additional 74 Guatemalans were discharged from various hospitals in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, near the scene of the accident.

Twenty-seven people are still hospitalized, more than half of whom are in serious condition.

After the incident, the United States, Mexico, Guatemala and other countries promised to crack down on the international human smuggling network that blamed the dead.

Source: Reuters

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