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Five people killed after van full of migrants escorted by cartel human smugglers crashes in Nuevo Leon, Mexico

September 3, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Five people killed after van full of migrants escorted by cartel human smugglers crashes in Nuevo Leon, Mexico

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Authorities in Monterrey, Mexico reported five migrants killed and several others injured after a van carrying immigrants escorted by armed cartel human smugglers crashed.

Law enforcement officials said the deadly accident occurred after the van carrying twenty-six immigrants from Honduras, El Salvador, and Honduras, who traveled from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon went offroad near the town of Cadereyta last week.

The van drove en route to the border city of Reynosa, a known stronghold of the Gulf Cartel, where operatives would have likely smuggled the immigrants illegally into the United States.

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According to Breitbart Texas, an armed cartel escort which had tailed the van at the time of the accident immediately retrieved the driver of the van and fled the area.

The National Immigration Institute (INM) officials said the five people including four women and a male victim died at the scene. Authorities rushed the severely wounded to local hospitals.

Healthcare officials in Reynosa revealed five children among the victims that were receiving emergency medical care.

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Eyewitnesses told authorities the driver of the van traveled at a high rate of speed around a curve, causing the vehicle roll multiple times off road.

Human trafficking in Northern Mexico has become one of the primary sources of revenue for criminal organizations including the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas, who are responsible for smuggling thousands of immigrants over the border illegally every year.

The number of fatal car crashes has surged as human smugglers have resorted to using alternate routes and vehicles with a lower profile in an attempt to avoid detection in response to a crackdown by authorities.

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