60 cargo trains halted after migrant deaths, injuries

Mexico’s biggest rail operator said Tuesday that it had halted 60 freight trains after a surge in the number of US-bound migrants traveling on them led to deaths and injuries.

Ferromex said it had taken the measure due to a “notable increase” in migrant flows and the “severe risk” of riding on the trains clandestinely.

Several thousand irregular migrants were waiting on trains or in rail yards in cities along routes towards the US border, a company statement said.

🗣“In recent days, nearly half a dozen unfortunate cases of injuries or deaths were recorded among groups of people who, individually or in families, including children, boarded freight trains heading north, despite the serious danger involved,” it added.

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