Mexico: Train Derails, 5 Dead, 35 Injured, Estimated 300 Migrants Aboard

By Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac is an editor and reporter who has worked on a variety of topics over the course of her ten years with The Epoch Times, including science, the environment, and local New York news. She is currently working with The Epoch Times edition based in Southern California.
August 25, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

A train carrying about 300 migrants derailed in Mexico Sunday. Luis Felipe Puente, the national civil protection coordinator tweeted that at least four people have died and 35 were injured. Of the 35, at least 16 were seriously injured, said Puente. 

UPDATE: At least five are now reported dead, according to Reuters. 

The train is notorious for its illegal stowaways. It is known as “La Bestia” (The Beast). Migrants often jump aboard as La Bestia heads toward the United States border. The train derailed at about 3 a.m., according to the civil protection agency of Tabasco, the southeastern state where the accident occurred. 

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Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac is an editor and reporter who has worked on a variety of topics over the course of her ten years with The Epoch Times, including science, the environment, and local New York news. She is currently working with The Epoch Times edition based in Southern California.