Mexico migrant cargo train ‘La Bestia’ derails, at least five dead

Soldiers stand near the overturned wagons of a derailed train in Huamanguillo, in this August 25, 2013 handout photo provided by Diario Presencia. REUTERS/Diario Presencia/Handout via Reuters
Soldiers stand near the overturned wagons of a derailed train in Huamanguillo, in this August 25, 2013 handout photo provided by Diario Presencia. REUTERS/Diario Presencia/Handout via Reuters

At least five people were killed when a cargo train nicknamed “La Bestia,” or “The Beast,” on which would-be migrants hitch rides toward the U.S. border, derailed in a remote area of southern Mexico on Sunday, emergency services said.

Some local media said the death toll could be as high as 50, and said ambulances were unable to reach the scene of the accident in Huimanguillo in the southern state of Tabasco because of the difficult terrain.

Images from the scene showed freight cars upturned and wheels separated from their base. Officials said eight of the 12 cars overturned, and that a Honduran man was among the dead.

“This train carries a lot of (illegal) migrants from Central America,” Cesar Burelo, emergency services director in Tabasco, told local television. “(Those five) were the visible dead,” he added. “It could be that as the structure of the train is removed … more bodies could appear.”

He added it would be difficult to determine the total number of people who were aboard at the time of the pre-dawn accident.

“It’s very likely that (surviving travelers) have left the scene.”

Luis Felipe Puente, national emergency service coordinator, said on Twitter that 35 people were injured, 16 seriously, but the death toll could rise.

Sixteen of the wounded had been transported to local hospitals, Burelo said.

Migrants often jump aboard La Bestia under cover of darkness. At times, several hundred migrants have been found on the train, either in freight cars or sitting on top.

In a press release, the foreign ministry lamented the accident and said it was helping Central American embassies whose citizens were affected by the crash.

 


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
News

Easter Egg hunt horror as skydiver plummets to…

A FAMILY Easter egg hunt ended in horror when a skydiver plummeted to his death in a New York garden after his parachute failed to…

News

Boston Marathon 2014 on high alert, Red Sox…

One year on from the horrific Boston Marathon bombings a ring of steel has been thrown around today's race, and a city stands defiant against…

News

Boston Strong: One year on from Boston Marathon…

  For more than a century the Boston Marathon has been an even centred around sportsmanship, endurance and athleticism, but there's no denying the face…

Local

Hillary Clinton headed to Boston for women's leadership…

Former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to visit Massachusetts Wednesday amid continuing speculation about making another bid for the presidency in 2016.

Television

‘Mad Men’ recap: Season 7, Episode 2, ‘A…

Peggy and Lou are horrible, Bert's racist, Don is honest(ish) and Roger and Pete are frustrated. "A Day's Work" not quite worthy of "This Will Be Our Year."

Television

'Game of Thrones' recap: Season 4, Episode 3,…

The problem with the devil you know is that ignoring them doesn’t mean they simply lie in wait. It allows them time to do things…

Television

Discovery cancels 'Everest Jump Live' special in wake…

The Discovery Channel has indicated it will not be moving forward with "Everest Jump Live," a planned special about mountain climber Joby Ogwyn's effort to…

The Word

'X-Men' director Bryan Singer drama continues

  News broke late last week that "X-Men" and "The Usual Suspects" director Bryan Singer is being sued by a man who said Singer molested…

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox walk off with…

Red Sox pick up first walk off win of 2014

MLB

Red Sox and Orioles meet Monday morning at…

Red Sox and Orioles meet Monday morning at 11 a.m.

NHL

NHL video highlights: Bruins smack down Red Wings…

NHL video highlights: Bruins smack down Red Wings in Game 2

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox defeat Orioles, 4-2

Brock Holt the difference in the Red Sox' win

Travel

Packing: The one thing you need in your…

A new survey that looks at the travel habits of 50,000 people around the world has revealed that Western and Asian globetrotters have different priorities…

Home

Is your chair making it hard to talk?

Ever wished there was an office chair that could make impromptu meetings and discussions more private? The Cristiana Wing Chair is an asymmetrical armchair which…

Travel

Live large at these luxury hotels

From Thai boxing lessons and macabre Dracula tours to the Australian Outback, the Four Seasons hotel chain launched a series of new travel packages this…

Parenting

4 things that every summer camp should have

Alan Saltz, director of the 92nd street Y program lists things that every summer camp should have.