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Friday August 30, 2013

Train Derailment Causes 11 Confirmed Deaths in Mexico

Train Derailment Causes 11 Confirmed Deaths in Mexico

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The number of confirmed fatalities in last weekend’s train derailment in the southeastern state of Tabasco stands at 11, but the search for additional victims continues, Mexican authorities said.

“Civil defense elements found two more bodies in the La Tembladera zone. The victims of the derailment now total 11,” the Tabasco emergency services office said on Twitter.

Seven of the fatalities have been identified as undocumented Honduran migrants who hopped aboard the northbound freight train known as “La Bestia” (The Beast).

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 train derailed around 3:00 a.m. Sunday outside Huimanguillo, a city near Tabasco’s border with Veracruz state.

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.