A 11 month old baby was killed and 41 people, mostly Haitian immigrants were injured after a passenger bus transporting a total of 42 immigrants overturned on highway 166 junction La Tinaja-Cosoleacaque, in the state of Veracruz in Mexico, due to speeding.
Mexican authorities said that they received a distress call on Christmas day around 5:35 PM and when they arrived on the scene they found one of the only two infants among the passengers, dead; and the other 41 injured, including a pregnant woman with life threatening injuries. The victims were transferred to the nearby Metropolitan Hospital and the Porvenir Clinic.
Testimonies from the injured indicate that the driver of the bus with plate number 2400RM9 had fled the scene. Authorities have launched a search for his whereabouts.
Among the victims are 37 Haitians who came from Brazil, one Brazilian and three Mexicans.
The Mexican Institute National for Migration released a statement reaffirming its commitment to provide all support to those hospitalized and endorsed its commitment to protect and safeguard the human rights of all foreigners in their transit through the country, regardless of their immigration status.