The Mexico City office of the attorney general said in a statement Tuesday that “not less than 59 Mexicans died” in the crash but did not specify how many were Hondurans.
The Mexican peso rallied for a second day on the news, gaining 1.15 percent to 20.8422 pesos to the dollar by mid-afternoon.
But at least 26 survivors remained hospitalized late Tuesday, according to the Attorney General’s Office.
Neither the Red Cross nor Mexico’s government offered figures on the dead and wounded. But Mexican emergency response system Instituto COIB included many of them in its list of 678 injured in the crash, 10 of whom remained hospitalized as of Tuesday afternoon.
Mexican authorities have begun their investigation of the accident, which occurred Monday evening at about 5:30 p.m. after a truck carrying migrants crossed into Tijuana from the southern border state of Tamaulipas, according to a report from Red Cross spokeswoman Margarita Navarro.
The commercial truck, transporting 30 migrants, had traveled for seven hours on a highway about 50 miles north of Tijuana to meet up with a charter truck carrying seven members of a migrant caravan traveling toward the United States, according to the Red Cross.
Navarro told The Washington Post that five of the migrants in the caravan who were in the original commercial truck had apparently been killed, as had the driver.
According to a preliminary report prepared by the attorney general, the driver, a foreign national, lost control of the cargo truck and it plunged into a ravine. The vehicle hit other vehicles along the way. One of those vehicles could have carried others who died, Navarro said.
The truck drivers in the vehicle that died are still missing, Navarro said.
At least two people died immediately in the crash, Navarro said.
Thousands of migrants have traveled through Mexico, sleeping wherever they can in caravans while trekking on through the border to southern California and ultimately the U.S. border. They are hoping to receive financial and legal aid and be allowed to cross into the U.S.
This article was written by José R. Cárdenas, Marcos Veiga and Dagmara Domínguez of The Washington Post.