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Frightening crash between a truck and a bus, the toll is really dramatic

An accident between a passenger minibus and a tractor-trailer resulted in at least 27 deaths on a highway in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, located in the north-eastern part of the country. 

The death toll is provisional and the authorities do not rule out that the number of people involved may rise.

The accident occurred on Sunday, 14 May, on a highway between Zaragoza and Hidalgo, in the southern part of this US border district. 

After the accident, the vehicles caught fire on the side of the road.

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We are in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas
A tragic accident between a passenger minibus and a tractor-trailer resulted in at least 27 deaths on a highway in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, located in the north-eastern part of the country.
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Provisional death toll and missing trailer
The death toll is provisional. The accident occurred on Sunday, 14 May, on a motorway between Zaragoza and Hidalgo, in the southern part of this border district with the United States. After the accident, the vehicles caught fire on the side of the road. According to the Mexican state secretary of public security, the trailer of the truck was not found when the authorities arrived, fuelling suspicions about its contents.
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Human trafficking is suspected
In recent years there have been repeated cases of groups of migrants crossing Mexico crammed into freight trucks heading north, writes El Pais. Tamaulipas is one of the northern states where human trafficking mafias operate.
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The tragic finding
When Civil Defence officers arrived on the scene, they immediately found the lifeless bodies of a child and a woman. Later, when the fire brigade managed to extinguish the fire caused by the collision of the vehicles, more charred bodies appeared inside the heavy vehicle.
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Human trafficking is increasingly common
According to initial reconstructions, some of the victims belong to the same family, which had rented the minibus to travel from the northern city of Monterrey to the eastern state of Veracruz. The use of trucks for human trafficking by organised crime is becoming more and more common, especially after the tightening of controls on the goods train lines that cross Mexico to the north.
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