Two more bodies were pulled from the wreckage of a train that derailed last weekend in the southeastern state of Tabasco, raising the death toll from the accident to eight, Mexican authorities said.
The first six fatalities were all undocumented Honduran migrants who hopped aboard the northbound freight train known as “La Bestia” (The Beast), which derailed around 3:00 a.m. Sunday outside Huimanguillo, a city near Tabasco’s border with Veracruz state.
Central American migrants headed for the United States ride on top of the freight train or in open-air wagons, with hundreds of people sometimes clinging to the train’s cars.
The nationality of the two people whose bodies were found Tuesday has yet to be determined, Mexican transportation officials said, citing information from the train’s operator, Ferrocarril del Istmo de Tehuantepec.
FIT does not rule out the possibility of additional fatalities and will not resume operations on the line until the wreckage has been cleared completely, the officials said.
Four of the 16 people hurt in the derailment remained hospitalized in the nearby town of Las Choapas, Veracruz.
Besides the dangers inherent in hopping onto moving trains, Central American migrants must contend with criminals and corrupt Mexican officials.
Gangs kidnap, exploit and murder migrants, who are often targeted in extortion schemes, Mexican officials say.