Mexico Rescues Hundreds of Migrants From Abandoned Trailer

Smugglers reportedly ditched truck after mechanical failure

Image Credits: Secretary of Public Security of Veracruz.

Hundreds of migrants were rescued from an abandoned tractor-trailer on a highway in southern Mexico this week, according to authorities.

The disturbing incident unfolded at around 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday in Córdoba, a city in the state of Veracruz.

Emergency services received multiple calls about people trapped inside a big rig parked near a service station on the Córdoba-Orizaba highway.

Police found hundreds of migrants crowded inside the boiling transport.

“The Secretary of Public Security (SSP), through the State Police, rescued 280 migrants from Nicaragua, El Salvador, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala and Honduras, who were abandoned on the Cordoba-Orizaba highway, of which 18 are under age,” the SSP explained in a statement.

Most of the migrants were found to be men between the ages of 18 and 45.

However, some babies and very young children were also discovered in the group.

Three people were hospitalized for severe dehydration.

“It was known that the unit was abandoned due to a mechanical failure and although two subjects tried to repair it before noon, they left the truck because they could not get the parts they needed,” Diario El Mundo reports.

The migrants were turned over to the custody of the National Institute of Migration for further processing.

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