Officials in Mexico have launched an investigation after a truck was found abandoned in a field with 157 decomposing corpses inside it.
The bodies are thought to have been loaded into the refrigerated truck after the morgues became too full. The country is currently experiencing a crisis with the highest murder rate in its history.
Eventually, local residents in the city of Guadalajara, in Jalisco state, complained about the smell, that was when the officials made the gruesome discovery and launched their investigation into how the bodies got there.
Whilst the lorry was a refrigerated one, that doesn't mean that the decomposition process was halted altogether, simply that it had been slowed down due to the lower temperatures.
Lots of the corpses found were already in an advanced state of decomposition after being buried in mass graves.
In the first half of 2018, there were more than 16,000 murders in Mexico. That's 17 percent more than in 2017 and the highest number since records began back in 1997.
A state human rights commission inspector, Javier Perlasca said that the truck incident 'was a mistake...and it is bothering the neighbours as well as causing pain for victims' families'.
He added "It is time to end these comings and goings that only outrage and hurt people."
He also said that the bodies should be given a decent burial.
As the truck was removed from the field, yet another person was murdered in the city of Guadalajara. This victim was a young man, thought to have been shot dead.
However, no further details have been released about the killing, or the young man's identity.
The high murder rate is causing huge problems with regards to where the dead are kept. There have been mass graves with as many as 170 bodies found in them across the country.
Morgues are full up, meaning that situations such as this one arise. Recently, workers at a prosecutors' office had to stop working because the smell from a nearby morgue was so powerful.
Back in Jalisco, Perlasca continued: "The physical space to keep the bodies of the dead has been outstripped...given that every day they are finding bodies in different places, in clandestine graves, shot dead in the street, etcetera."
The violence continued into Mexico's Independence Day weekend. A gang of shooters dressed as a mariachi band opened fire on a crowd in Garibaldi Square, Mexico City, on Friday.
Garibaldi Plaza. Credit: PA
Five people were killed, and another died afterwards, bringing the death toll to six.
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