Mexico bus crash kills 16 Venezuelan, Haitian migrants

A bus crash in the south of Mexico on Friday killed 16 Venezuelan and Haitian migrants and left 27 others injured, state authorities said.

Among the dead are 13 men, two women, and three children, according to the attorney general’s office in the state of Oaxaca, where the crash occurred.

“We are members of the medical service. We were notified at around 4:40 in the morning about the accident. Ten minutes later, the first ambulance arrived. There were many injured, over 25,” said Julian Romero, a rescuer.

It said the 27 injured people were taken to nearby hospitals but did not specify their nationalities.

The bus, which was traveling on the highway connecting Oaxaca and the central state of Puebla, tipped over along a tight curve in the road.

The accident comes amid high levels of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. Migrants attempt to cross Mexico by bus, in trucks or aboard cargo trains. However, the journey is often dangerous.