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Mexico's "La Bestia" Train Derails

Railroad workers and police investigators stand near the overturned carriages of a derailed train in Huimanguillo, in the Mexican state of Tabasco August 25, 2013. At least six people were killed when a cargo train nicknamed "La Bestia," or "The Beast," on which would-be migrants hitch rides toward the U.S. border, derailed in a remote area of southern Mexico on Sunday, state officials said. (AP Photo/Tabasco oficina de prensa de gobierno estadual)

Mexico's "La Bestia" Train Derails

Recent and archive images relating to a train known as "The Beast," which carries Central American migrants who pay smugglers to sit atop freight cars to the U.S.

The cargo train derailed in the southeastern part of Mexico early Sunday morning, killing at least six people and injuring several more when it careened off the track near a river in Tabasco state. Many Central American migrants had been traveling via the train service to cross through Mexico and then emigrate illegally to the U.S.

Security and civil protection officials in the municipality of Huimanguillo said 250 to 300 people were aboard the train when it crashed at a site far from any road and only accessible by air or boat.