Commune-bound car carrying dozens of migrants crashes, killing 50 people

HANDOUT / 2017 MANDATORY CREDIT Enrique Gonzalez Navarro, 43, and young wife Lissette Diaz Navarro, 24, in the car they were driving in when they hit a bollard and were killed. Fifty people were…

Commune-bound car carrying dozens of migrants crashes, killing 50 people

HANDOUT / 2017 MANDATORY CREDIT Enrique Gonzalez Navarro, 43, and young wife Lissette Diaz Navarro, 24, in the car they were driving in when they hit a bollard and were killed.

Fifty people were killed on Saturday after a car crashed into a tree on a highway outside the city of Queretaro, Mexico. A minivan that was part of a caravan with approximately 70 people on board was driving too fast on a dirt road. The ministry of public safety said in a statement that because there was no guardrail, the car swerved to the side and hit a bollard, then crashed into a tree on the opposite side of the road, where the other vehicle became disabled. The accident was the latest in a string of tragedies that have hit the country over the past week, including another deadly crash on the highway Thursday that killed 23 people.

Some of the survivors of Saturday’s accident, which the Mexican Red Cross said occurred shortly after midnight, said they were being held by members of a cartel called the North West Cartel. Officials later said that the cartel may not have had a hand in the crash. According to media reports, the cartel “had been involved in a number of cases in the Queretaro area and had been trafficking drugs and weapons over the past few years.”

WATCH: Lost mother and daughter alive in the wreckage of their car #Cromer01 — a scene replicated on 4 other occasions in this year alone.

In September, two other sisters and their mother — who had also been held by cartel members — were killed while being transported in a car with several other people and being forced to drive at high speeds. Authorities have repeatedly dismissed the cartel as a mere criminal syndicate that kidnaps people for ransom, although human rights groups have said the cartel’s rules do not extend to demands that people travel at the speed limit.

Watch: 80 are feared dead after a traffic accident on a highway in Northern Mexico. 25 people injured. pic.twitter.com/END5K2YlEq — FRANCE 24 English (@France24_en) October 14, 2018

Read the full story at the Washington Post.

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