A truck carrying more than 100 undocumented Central American migrants collided with a cattle truck in Mexico, scattering cattle and killing at least one of the migrants.
Mexican news agencies reported the accident happened Saturday in the southeastern costal state of Veracruz, and a chaotic scene emerged, some of which was captured on cell phone videos ad posted on social media. One unverified video shows residents of the town of Cosamaloapan immediately descending on the accident site in an attempt to steal the cattle.
Witnesses told Mexican news outlet Diario de Mexico that residents were slaughtering the animals on the highway in order to take as much meat as possible while law enforcement agents looked on.
According to news agency Razon, a migrant from Central America who was being smuggled in the truck was declared dead on the scene. Another person suffered injuries and was transported to a local hospital. Sources told Razon that the truck carrying the migrants was traveling at a high speed to avoid being captured by local authorities.
The migrants immediately fled the scene and law enforcement officials have not announced any detentions.
Rapiña de reses en Veracruz ⚠🤨— Publimetro México (@PublimetroMX) January 13, 2019
Esta mañana tráiler chocó contra otra unidad que en su interior transportaba ganado y también llevaba indocumentados sobre la autopista Isla-Tinajas-Veracruz en donde no faltó la rapiña para llevarse las vacas pic.twitter.com/grbxileNI8
La historia es así:— Chavo del Toro 🖌️ (@chavodeltoro) January 13, 2019
Camión con ganado se accidenta en la autopista en el tramo de las Tinajas–Cosoleacaque, Veracruz... a la gente se le ocurre robar el ganado, lo peor: el maltrato...
México no tiene esperanza, miserables...
📹 @nino_triqui pic.twitter.com/6JyuqzorJY
Below is a map showing the area in Mexico where the wreck happened: