May 10, 2013
Latin American Herald Tribune

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico – Fourteen undocumented Central American migrants were injured when the vehicle in which they were traveling overturned in the southeastern Mexican state of Chiapas, officials said.

The accident occurred Thursday on the Tapan-Cintlapa highway, when the vehicle in which they were riding went off the road and turned over, the Chiapas state Attorney General’s Office said.

The Chiapas state government said the 19-year-old driver was detained at the scene of the accident as a suspected migrant-trafficker.

The 14 migrants were El Salvador and Guatemala natives between ages 14 and 38. They were taken to hospitals in the region to have their injuries treated, but how badly they were hurt has not been revealed.

Hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants, mostly Central Americans, cross Mexican territory every year to reach the United States in hopes of finding better employment prospects there. EFE