Mexico official fired over odyssey of truck with nearly 300 bodies

Mexico official fired over odyssey of truck with nearly 300 bodies

© AFP | The truck was parked for two weeks at a warehouse in a downtrodden neighborhood on the city outskirts until residents complained of the stench and the flies it attracted GUADALAJARA (MEXICO) (AFP) –

A state government in Mexico has fired a prosecutor over a spectacle in which a fetid-smelling tractor trailer carrying 273 bodies was driven around aimlessly for lack of room in the morgue.

"I am not willing to tolerate this kind of mistake, which shocks and horrifies public opinion," said the governor of western Jalisco state, Aristoteles Sandoval, as he fired prosecutor Raul Sanchez.

The state’s chief coroner was fired earlier in the week over the sad drama in the state capital, Guadalajara.

The bodies were in the refrigerated truck because the morgue in Mexico’s second-largest city was full.

Officials originally put the number of bodies at 157 but on Wednesday they raised it to 273.

The truck was parked for two weeks at a warehouse in a downtrodden neighborhood on the city outskirts until residents complained of the stench and the flies it attracted.The authorities then moved the truck to an empty lot in another poor neighborhood far from the city center, until residents there protested Saturday.Officials then moved it to a prosecution storage facility in the city center, where it remains parked for now.News outlets broadcast footage Wednesday of the open trailer of the truck, with piles of bodies in black bags and a man in white boots stepping on the bags.Officials have said the bodies were of […]

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