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At least 5 dead in Mexican trail derailment

Monday, August 26, 2013 - 00:45

Aug. 26 - A train know for carrying would be migrants enroute to the U.S. has derailed in southern Mexico. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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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 (August 24), emergency services said. Officials said at least 35 people were injured, 16 seriously, in the accident in Huimanguillo in the southern state of Tabasco and that the death toll could rise. Ambulances were unable to reach the scene because of the difficult terrain. The site could only be reached helicopter or boat. Sixteen of the injured had been transported to local hospitals, The infamous Zeta drug gang operates along the route where the train passes, and have in the past kidnapped migrants to traffic drugs. Migrants often jump aboard La Bestia to hitch rides under cover of darkness. At times, several hundred migrants have been found on the train, either in freight cars or sitting on top. Mexico's foreign ministry said it was assisting Central American embassies whose citizens were affected by the crash.

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At least 5 dead in Mexican trail derailment

Monday, August 26, 2013 - 00:45