Thursday July 10, 2014 9:19
The train known as ‘The Beast’ derailed in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in southern Mexico, with 1,300 undocumented immigrants, most of them children from El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras, said the State Institute for the Protection Civil (IEPC).
The cause of the accident was the sinking of the track, caused by excess moisture that caused intense recorded rainfall in the last hours, said spokeswoman said agency, Luis Velasco, told the Mexican newspaper Milenio “ as office Europa Press.
The newspaper quoted adds that some undocumented immigrants who were traveling on the roofs of the coaches chose to continue their way to the U.S. border on foot.
In the last six months ‘The Beast’ derailed four times. The last was July 3, when an immigrant was killed and another injured when he fell onto the tracks.
Until the accident attended by members of the Beta group National Migration Institute (INM) and humanitarian groups Hostel ‘Hermanos del Camino’ Father Alejandro Solalinde, who offered food and water to migrants who remained halfway.
This famous freight train is chosen by thousands of immigrants to cross Mexico from tip to tip and try to reach the U.S. border. The journey is fraught with dangers, not only by accidents but also by the assaults of the drug cartels operating in the area.
More than 52,000 unaccompanied children from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras were arrested trying to illegally enter the United States from Mexico since October, twice in the same period last year. In addition, thousands of children were detained with their parents or other adults