Six die in botched smuggling operation

| 6/6/2007

Six people died in a tractor-trailer Monday in southern Mexico Monday during a human smuggling operation gone awry.

According to The Associated Press, the victims were Central American migrant workers who were hiding underneath a false floor in the trailer – with tons of bananas stacked on top.

On a bumpy road, some of the bananas crashed through the floor, crushing six people and injuring dozens more.

The migrants had paid between $5,000 and $7,000 each to be smuggled to the U.S.

Mexican officials told The AP the truck driver fled the scene.