MEXICO — Mexican authorities said Thursday that at least 94 migrants had to fight their way out of a suffocating cargo trailer abandoned on a highway in the scorching Gulf Coast state of Veracruz.
Carlos Enrique Escalante, the head of the national office for attention to migrants, said migrants had to drill holes in the cargo container to get out, some apparently through the roof.
Some were injured when they jumped off the roof of the trailer, but their injuries did not include any broken bones and were not considered life threatening.
Escalante said local residents near the town of Acayucan heard the noise and helped open the cargo container.
A much larger number of migrants are thought to have been on board and fled after escaping.
But the 94 migrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were handed over to immigration authorities.
The discovery of the trailer on Wednesday brought to mind the tragedy in San Antonio, Texas, on June 27, when 53 migrants died because they were abandoned in a stuffy cargo truck.
In Mexico’s southern state of Chiapas, which borders Guatemala, another group of migrants continued to march north and west from the town of Tapachula. Migrants are applying for temporary visas, saying they cannot wait months for slow immigration formalities at Tapachula.