Pregnant Woman Dies After Trailer Packed With Migrants Abandoned in Mexico

Temperatures inside the trailer are estimated to have topped 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Image Credits: National Institute of Migration.

A Nicaraguan woman and her unborn baby died after smugglers abandoned a cargo trailer full of migrants in Mexico last week, according to reports.

Authorities were notified on Saturday about individuals in distress on a highway near Monclova, a city in the state of Coahuila in northern Mexico.

Officers discovered a trailer with dozens of people trapped inside, including a young pregnant woman who was rushed to hospital for emergency medical treatment.

“Clorinda ‘N,’ 20 years old, Nicaraguan with 33 weeks of gestation, with post cardiorespiratory arrest syndrome, arrived without vital signs and despite resuscitation maneuvers, unfortunately they detected fetal death,” Milenio reports.

A total of 64 migrants hailing mostly from Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Cuba were rescued from the transport, but authorities believe as many as 160 more may have escaped.

Temperatures inside the trailer are estimated to have topped 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

The National Institute of Migration announced plans to “deliver humanitarian visas to migrants abandoned in a trailer in Monclova, Coahuila. Regrets the death of a woman who was pregnant and previously presented fetal death.”

The suspected driver was later apprehended and is expected to face homicide charges.

“We were able to find the tractor-trailer and the data of the person who was driving it. A series of data were generated that allowed us to locate the driver and he was secured by members of the Criminal Investigation Agency, and an arrest warrant is about to be issued regarding the death of the young mother,” prosecutor Gerardo Márquez Guevara announced on Monday.

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