A Mexican train carrying more than 1,000 illegal immigrants derailed en route to the Texas border area. The cargo train was transporting both Central Americans and Mexican adults and children hoping to enter the United States illegally and surrender themselves to Border Patrol agents, Reuters reports.
None of the illegal immigrants about the Mexican train were injured when it derailed. The train came off the tracks in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca on Wednesday. Many of the people riding on top of the train cars were young children and teenagers. The trains, which are believed to be used by coyotes to shuttle illegal migrants to America, travel through rural and rugged terrain, but many feel they are still easy to spot -- and ultimately stop.
The train many illegal immigrants are using is referred to as La Bestia -- The Beast. Mexican authorities think The Beast may have derailed due to several days of heavy rain in the area. Those attempting to cross over the Texas border illegally found themselves stranded and forced to go on foot if they were to reach their goal.