Victims Identified After 16 People Die and Are 14 Injured In a Horrific 2-Bus Crash In Mexico

Jené Liebenberg
Apr 08, 2021
09:30 A.M.
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A tragic head-on collision near the border between Mexico and the USA took the lives of 16 mine workers and left 14 seriously injured and admitted to the hospital. 

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The Mexican authorities reported that two buses carrying mineworkers were involved in a head-on collision that resulted in 16 deaths, with 14 other individuals sustaining serious injuries. 

The fatal accident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday morning close to the Noche Buena mine along the International Highway at the Caborca-Sonoyta section.

A bus standing at a station. | Source: Pexels/ Jonathan Borba

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ACROSS TWO LANES

Photos of the accident show that the crashed buses lay strewn across the two-lane road after colliding with one another.  The buses blocked the road, and no other vehicles could pass by.

One of the buses involved in the accident was smaller than the other and contained the 16 people who died on impact. The 14 injured people traveled in the larger of the two buses and were directly transported to a medical center. 

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NOCHE BUENA GOLD MINE

The Noche Buena gold mine is owned by Fresnillo plc, which is a British-Mexican mining company. The mine was opened in 2012 but did not respond when asked to comment on the tragic accident. 

The vehicle was only able to hold eight people safely, but it was stuffed with 25 people.

All of the collision victims were Mexican residents, and the authorities have appointed forensic personnel to launch an investigation into the accident that took so many people's lives. 

 

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100 VEHICLE PILE UP

On the American side of the border, the authorities have also been dealing with the repercussions of a terrible accident involving a 100 vehicle pile-up that took six people's lives. 

The Texas interstate, Interstate 35W, headed to downtown Fort Worth, was the accident scene. The road was iced over, causing cars to lose traction and their ability to brake sufficiently. 65 people were injured in the collision. 

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POTENTIAL TRAFFICKING

A fatal accident that caused the death of 13 people had the California authorities investigating whether human trafficking was involved as a single SUV contained 25 people. 

The majority of those that passed away were Mexican residents. Of the 25, only 12 survived the accident, and they were left to clamber out of the over-packed vehicle to get out. 

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The vehicle was only able to hold eight people safely, but it was stuffed with 25 people. Authorities could not give an evident reason for the crash, but the overloaded vehicle was an accident waiting to happen. 

Law enforcement has opened a human smuggling investigation as the crash circumstances lead to investigators believing that other factors involved leading up to the fatal accident. 

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