VILLAHERMOSA, Mexico — A notorious cargo train known as ‘‘the Beast’’ and carrying at least 250 Central American hitchhiking migrants derailed in a remote region of southern Mexico on Sunday, killing at least five people and injuring 17, authorities said.
The train company and rescue workers were bringing in two cranes to help search for more victims among the eight derailed cars, officials said. Thousands of migrants ride the roofs of the train cars on their way north each year, braving brutal conditions for a chance at crossing into the United States.
The Tabasco state government said at least 250 Honduran migrants were on the train heading north from the Guatemala border. Rain had loosened the earth beneath the tracks and shifted the rails, officials said. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.