Officials: theft caused fatal Mexico derailment


| Zoom

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Officials have determined that the theft of some parts from a southern Mexico train track caused a derailment that killed 11 Central American migrants.

The Communications and Transportation Department said Friday that the theft of a metal bar used to join rails and its screws were the "decisive cause" behind the accident Sunday in a remote region of Tabasco state. The rail company's technicians carried out the investigation.

The rails were not aligned, causing eight of 12 train cars to leave the tracks and flip over. Authorities initially said six Honduran migrants died, but rescue crews found five more victims this week while removing the wrecked railcars.

Thousands of migrants brave brutal conditions each year as they travel atop train cars on their way to the United States.


(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Top Stories

  • Obama Lands in Seattle
    President Obama's motorcade is expected to snarl traffic in Seattle during his visit

  • Concert Congestion
    Concertgoers are crying foul after missing the Journey-Steve Miller show for a traffic jam

  • Seeking a Sequel
    Danny O'Neil has 3 things things to watch for as the Seahawks start training camp
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.