Mexico returns 8 bodies of migrants from Texas truck crash
On Wednesday, a jet from the Mexican air force arrived at an airport in the vicinity of Mexico City carrying eight of the bodies of the 53 migrants who had been discovered dead in a truck in Texas the previous month.
They were the first to be recovered of the 26 Mexicans who were among those who died of heat and thirst inside a sealed truck trailer deserted by smugglers in the vicinity of San Antonio on June 27.
The truck trailer had been left abandoned by the traffickers. On that day, temperatures came dangerously close to reaching 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius).
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico issued a statement on Wednesday evening stating that the military plane would be making a second journey to San Antonio on Wednesday in order to rescue eight additional victims.
According to the announcement, the government intended to comply with the requests of the relatives of 25 of the 26 Mexican fatalities and repatriate the corpses of those victims.
People from the states of Guanajuato, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Mexico, Zacatecas, Queretaro, Morelos, and Mexico City were among those who were killed in the truck. Other victims were from Mexico.
In the worst recorded effort to smuggle people into the United States, migrants from Honduras and Guatemala were also found to be among those who lost their lives.
In 2017, ten people lost their lives as a result of being trapped inside of a vehicle while it was parked at a Walmart in San Antonio. The incident occurred in 2017. In 2003, the bodies of 19 migrants were discovered inside of a hot and stuffy vehicle that was located to the southeast of the city.
According to Arturo Rocha, Mexico’s coordinator for North American relations, the bodies of the victims are currently being transported by land to their hometowns in order to be buried.
Rocha stated on his Twitter account that on Thursday, another flight would depart for San Antonio to bring back eight additional bodies.