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Published: Thursday July 10, 2014 MYT 9:20:02 AM
Updated: Thursday July 10, 2014 MYT 9:21:21 AM

Mexican train derails, stranding 1,300 migrants headed towards U.S.

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A cargo train used by Mexicans and Central Americans to travel towards the U.S. border derailed in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca on Wednesday, stranding about 1,300 migrants, emergency services said.

Many of the migrants aboard were young people and nobody was injured when the train nicknamed "the Beast" came off the tracks, a spokesman for local emergency services said.

Since last October, more than 50,000 unaccompanied minors, most from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, have been caught illegally crossing the southwest border of the United States.

Children say that they are fleeing violence at home and hope that they will be able to stay in the United States.

Several days of heavy rain in southern Mexico may have caused the train to derail, authorities said.

(Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz; Writing by Joanna Zuckerman Bernstein; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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