Migrants in Mexico: Mass escape from abandoned truck after recent deaths


A group of migrants has escaped from a truck abandoned in Mexico, a month after more than 50 people died in similar circumstances in the US. The lorry was heading for the US border but was abandoned by the driver ahead of a checkpoint, paramedics said. People forced a way out of the top of the lorry to escape the stifling heat. Authorities found at least 94 people, mostly Guatemalans, in and around the lorry on Wednesday night. It is thought others may have run away. Many of those found were treated for ankle and knee fractures after jumping from the top of the vehicle. Paramedics say one man who was unconscious was taken to hospital. Authorities were called at around 21:20 (02:20 GMT Thursday). Employees of a petrol station close to where the lorry was ab andoned helped the migrants to escape, José Domínguez, director of civil protection in nearby Oluta, told Reuters news agency. Mexico’s national guard and navy patrolled the area looking for people hiding in the surrounding bushes.(BBC)…[+]