Train Carrying Migrants to US Derails, Killing 5
And more may still be trapped inside
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 25, 2013 2:02 PM CDT
Migrants from Central America walk on the road leading from Arriaga, in the state of Chiapas, to Chahuites in Oaxaca state in 2011, after "The Beast" failed to arrive.   (AP Photo/Miguel Tovar)

(Newser) – An infamous cargo train carrying at least 250 Central American migrants heading to the US derailed in a remote region of southern Mexico today, killing at least five and injuring at least 35, authorities say. The toll is expected to rise as authorities move heavy machinery to the scene of the derailment of the train known as "The Beast." Thousands of migrants ride its roof on their way north each year, braving brutal conditions for a chance at crossing into the US. The Red Cross said an undetermined number of people were trapped.

Authorities say eight cars had derailed, but they don't yet know why. The Tabasco state government says at least 250 Honduran migrants were on the train heading north from the Guatemala border. The Red Cross chief in Tabasco described the rescue as "a complex situation" that was making it difficult to get rapid confirmation of the true number of dead and injured. "There are some very high estimates, and others that are more conservative," he told a local radio station.

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Aug 26, 2013 10:48 PM CDT
There are 16 million here already, with little chance of being sent back. Do we really need any more? It is not as if they are hungering for an education, or bettering the neighborhoods they inhabit. Sadly, they recreate the squalid life they came from, and we all pay the price. Frankly, when did we vote to become a part of Mexico?
Aug 26, 2013 6:14 PM CDT
Some obama kool-aid,about now ?
Aug 26, 2013 1:30 AM CDT
Nothing new that I haven't seen in McAlester Oklahoma. Local democratic party senator with 60 years of tenure in the legislature had BNSF move the crew's rest stop from Muskogee to McAlester, where he had his law office and his brother Francis owned a former Holidome hotel. In doing the move, BNSF promised 25 rooms per night for crew changes on the numerous trains that made stops. It also gave Stipe a chance to set up a human trafficking system that was initially used by Don Tyson. By the way,did you know that Hillary was Tyson's attorney at the time it all come undone? Ok, so Tyson would open a processing plant and need cheap labor. Don would make a phone call to Stipe and Stipe would call Mexico and have several train cars loaded up with illegals. The train would make the stop in McAlester and then Francis' train courtesy vans would shuttle them to rooms where they waited out their white-washed identity papers. McAlester grew from a Latino population of around 20 people to more than 3000. That much INS activity drew the feds and in the end, one of Don Tyson's vice presidents went to federal prison for human trafficking and Don Tyson paid several millions in fines. The McAlester chicken plant closed up solid with its supply of illegals cut off. Many of them left to work in Arkansas. It was quite a site one Saturday morning being called into duty by the sheriff department. They called us up like there had been a riot at the state prison, also in McAlester. Latinos filled up the Walmart Super Center and we did a basic sort to figure out 1) those who were least drunk, 2) those who actually had valid drivers licenses, 3) resolve serious safety issues with their over loaded vans and cars, and 4) do whatever we could to get these people out of town and out of Pittsburg County. The local highway patrol troop sent several of their units and then the commander came up to our post and he said, "Holy hell in a hand cart, you people have one walleye mess going on and I'm puling all my guys out before this becomes some $hitstorm of a political nightmare for all of us." So, in the tradition of a Steinbeck novel, we sent the "Grapes of Wrath" express north up US 69 and in the tradition of Rambo, we made sure they crossed over the Highway 9 bridge and leave our fine shire of Pittsburg otherwise known to the Choctaws as Tobucksy County As for Gene Stipe, we couldn't get much to stick on him as he was our own version of the teflon don. But we finally got him on election fraud and also six other of his Democratic party henchmen. We were successful in pulling his law license and we even got a conviction on his brother but he went and died on us before sentencing. He had to turn over his law office to Warren Gotcher and for the most part, his only illegal ways are bad breath and bad choice of clothing.