A cargo train with stowaway migrants on board derailed in southern Mexico on Sunday morning, killing five people and injuring 15 more, officials said.
At least 250 Honduran migrants were traveling on the train when it derailed, the government of Mexico's Tabasco state said in a statement.
Rescuers were at the scene in a remote area of the state Sunday morning, civil protection officials said.
Authorities have not released details about what caused the crash, which occurred around 3 a.m. in the municipality of Huimanguillo.
Mexico no longer has a nationwide passenger rail system, but thousands of Central American migrants hitch rides on freight trains heading north toward the United States.
On the train, nicknamed "The Beast" and "the train of death," they often huddle on rooftops and cram into spare spaces between cars.
In a series of Twitter posts, Tabasco Civil Protection officials said at least four migrants were among those rescued Sunday, and a Honduran migrant was killed.
Mexican Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade said in a Twitter post that officials are communicating with authorities in Central America over the derailment and offering assistance to injured victims.
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