Accident in Chiapas: Guatemalan migrants killed, injured and identified in Mexico

This is a compilation of names and details of the Guatemalans who died or were injured after a trailer carrying more than a hundred Central American migrants overturned on a highway in Chiapas, Mexico with a balance of 56 dead and more than 60 injured.

Dozens of Guatemalans live a real anguish due to the uncertainty of knowing details of the medical condition of their relatives who are injured in Mexican hospitals, or when they could repatriate the bodies of the fatal victims of a traffic accident on December 9, when A trailer carrying more than 100 Central American migrants overturned on a highway in Chiapas, Mexico, resulting in 56 deaths and more than 60 injured.

According to the relatives of the victims, the Guatemalan authorities have not given sufficient support to find out if their relatives are among the victims of the accident, provide details of the health of the injured or the process of repatriation of the victims.

The Ministry of Foreign Relations (Minex) reported on December 14 that at the moment, two Guatemalans have been fully identified as fatal victims of the accident, through family members, and are in the process of doing the same with 14 other people who are also believed They are deceased nationals.

He pointed out that for this confirmation they are waiting for the contrast of traces that the Mexican authorities are making.

The Minex established that at the moment they have reported 47 people hospitalized in Mexico, who are in serious condition, 36 mild, and 20 people who fled from hospital centers, for a total of 83 people pending to return to the country.

Among the Guatemalans who traveled in that trailer, there are 19 unaccompanied and 2 accompanied migrants, and they are awaiting their return to the country.

December 15, 2021

Celso Joaquín Escun Pacheco, originally from Sololá, would be the first migrant to return to Guatemala after surviving the fatal accident involving a trailer with migrants in Chiapas, Mexico.

Escun entered the country through the border of El Carmen, Malacatán, San Marcos, where he was reunited with his family to be taken to Pamezabal, Santa Lucía Utatlán, Sololá, to recover from the fractures and blow he suffered in the accident.

The victim narrated: “I thank God for allowing me to be born again. The tragedy was a disaster where everyone had to die, but God is great (…) ”,

He recalled that when the trailer in which they were traveling overturned, “shouts, cries and laments were heard from children and women. At that moment I did not feel (…), I ended up in the midst of the dead. I told them to get off – because – I couldn’t hold on anymore, guys get off (…) but those people were already dead (…) ”.

Celso Joaquín Escun Pacheco, originally from Sololá, is the first migrant to return with his family to Guatemala and recounts his experience during the accident in Chiapas. (Free Press Photo: Video capture)

Another case is that of Dominga Tinibar, who embraces a photo of her son Elías Salvador Mateo Tinibar, 25, who on December 6 left his adobe house in the Xepol community in Chichicastenango, Quiché, to go to the United States.

In a report by Milenio de México, Dominga narrated that Elías was dedicated to agriculture, has a wife and left a 2-year-old son.

“Mom, I’m going to look for the future for my son, but also for you. This life of poverty is not for us, I am going to seek luck, ”said Dominga.

Elías is the youngest four brother, and according to his mother, he has been the breadwinner of his entire family for three years, as his father is in a coma, he narrated after he suffered a stroke.

The family of the deceased Guatemalan migrant gathers financial resources to later decide which of the children will go to Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, to look for Elías.

Dominga Tinibar is looking for her son Elías, who was on his way to the United States. (Free Press Photo: Courtesy of Milenio. Daniel Andaluz)

December 14, 2021

Daniel Arnulfo Pérez, who left his home in El Tejar, Chimaltenango, on Tuesday, December 7 at 2 in the morning in his dream of arriving in the United States, died in the accident in Chiapas, Mexico.

The objective of this Guatemalan, like the rest of the group, was to get to the United States, get a job and send money to his family to pay off a debt and recover a house that had been mortgaged.

The family is still awaiting the repatriation of the body and they do not know when it may occur.

The migrant Daniel Arnulfo Pérez died in a traffic accident in Chiapas, Mexico. (Free Press Photo: Emy Sánchez)

Another case is that of Alma Magdalena Pacheco Sapón traveled from Xecam, Cantel, Quetzaltenango, to Tuxtla Gutiérrez with the aim of finding her husband, José Francisco Salanic Az, who was seeking to reach the United States.

According to the compatriot, her husband told her that he would travel in a trailer from Chiapas to reach the border with the United States.

The desperate woman along with her relatives Rolando Az and Domingo Salanic searched for José Francisco at Red Cross headquarters, hospitals and at the Attorney General’s Office (FGR), but until yesterday, Monday, December 13, their effort had not yielded results. .

The only hope for Guatemalans on Mexican soil is the Guatemalan Consulate in Tuxtla. However, Pacheco Sapón stated during an interview that they did not receive the support of that delegation.

“We are calling them – the Consulate – we do not have their support now,” he commented.

December 11, 2021

As if he knew he would never see his family again, Santiago Bolom, an exemplary primary school teacher, originally from Lívingston, Izabal, said goodbye to everyone on the afternoon of Monday, December 6, because in the early morning of the next day he would undertake a trip without return.

Luis Fernando Hernández, Santiago’s nephew, remembers him as an exemplary person, referring to the fact that for many years he was the only teacher at the La Esperanza village school in Lívingston, where at the same time he was in charge of the six grades.

However, the love of a father was stronger than his vocation as a teacher, since he decided to migrate to go in search of his 17-year-old son, who left for the United States seven months ago, but who began to suffer from vision problems and Santiago decided to leave everything to go to his aid. His destination was Las Vegas, but he no longer arrived because he died in the accident.

The teacher is survived by his wife and another 12-year-old son and the family is waiting for the body to be repatriated to Guatemala.

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