Fazia more or less two hours that they were locked in the bodywork of the cart. At a temperature of 30 degrees, and just a small opening in the roof of the trunk prevented everyone from suffocating. There were 150 people traveling in a heap to Puebla (135 kilometers southeast of Mexico City). Most had left Guatemala, others from Honduras, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. We all tried to: pay the United States in any way. More than one vehicle, which traveled at 100 kilometers per hour, tombou e bateu numa passarela in the town of Chiapa de Corzo, vizinha Tuxtla Gutiérrez, capital of the State of Chiapas (south of Mexico). Ouviram um loud estrondo, like a trovão, and then the cries começaram, second tells EL PAÍS a group of survivors of the tragedy that left 55 dead and 107 hospitalized in the South of Mexico. “It was a bunch of dead people”, says Celso Pacheco, with two wounded. “I had to get out of more than 20 corpses.”
Minutes before the accident, the migrants had already felt that the articulated road was going at high speed. Pacheco, a 33-year-old Guatemalan, was a young traveler, more of a friend than other migrants. Or vehicle balanced from one side to the other, remember him. Despite this, its occupants were calm, jumping, until suddenly the road came out of control and beat a pedestrian walkway. The cargo compartment was torn apart, and some travelers were flying. A ferragem do caminhão ficou twisted like a samfona, and many will lose their lives exhausted by their own human mass.
“We will finish one on top of two others”, says Pacheco to the corridors of the regional health center of Cruz Vermelha, where 34 migrants were interned. He himself felt a great weight falling on him. In order to breathe, he needed to open space between two dozen bodies. “Saí e lost your senses. Some people who were giving me water, but I had a lot of difficulty breathing. Tinha dead people, some screaming, others down. I was horrible.”
Rubén Emerson, 23 years old, agreed to 30 meters from the road. There was a moment when everything was dark and his body was impelled by impact, recounts a hospital with corridors full of migrants accommodated in mattresses no chao. But Emerson does not remember the hit itself. Only he opened his eyes and was stunned on the road. Assim that he managed to get by, he went in search of his cousin, with whom he has started to travel to a past terça-feira in Quiché, north of Guatemala. “I found depois, when they removed many bodies. I was jogado”, he says. He believes that his cousin is dead, but the authorities still do not confirm.
The data on the number and origin of the victims are still very unclear. The list with the names of the two dead is not forthcoming because we have traveled many without documents and we have not been able to identify them. Nor is it known how many children were on board, and where they came from. A spokesperson for Cruz Vermelha reported that only in her clinic there were a dozen minors hospitalized. Nor is it known for certain, for now, there are children among the deceased.
The Government of Vizinha Guatemala, which sent a delegation of high-ranking officials to Chiapas, stated on the afternoon of this sixth fair that the reconstitution of two corpses had not been completed. “We are waiting to know what the Guatemalans are, since many do not have documents,” commented Pedro Brolo, a chancellor, around a hospital in Chiapas that treats the most serious cases. More than 24 hours after the tragedy, only the names of four deaths were revealed. On the afternoon of this sixth fair, Brolo traveled to Mexico City to grant a collective interview with his Mexican counterpart, Marcelo Ebrard. Both will announce the creation of an international group to combat human trafficking.
As the authorities face the consequences of the hardening of migration policies, or that induces thousands of migrants to dislodge through more insecure and clandestine routes, groups of Guatemalans begin to go to the place of the accident to ask for their relatives. We know from your country if we can confirm that your children, country and people are traveling not on the path of tragedy. Chegam to procure your bodies, and if it happens, take them back home.