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Train Derails in Tala, Jalisco

By Lorenzo Núñez | Wed, 06/16/2021 - 17:33

A train with 108 wagons got derailed and crashed into four houses and killed one person in the municipality of Tala located in the state of Jalisco reported the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT), through the Railway Transportation Regulatory Agency (ARTF) - an Investigation Commission has been setup to determine the factors that caused the accident.

The train was transporting canola grain while travelling from Manzanillo to Guadalajara. There were two locomotives with 108 wagons, 14 of which derailed, one of them hitting four homes, two of which were left uninhabitable. One of the wagons got derailed, landed and destroyed the front façade of a store. Another of the wagons, unfortunately hit the nearby homes, which ultimately caused the death of one of the locals. The two train operators on the other hand, walked away harmlessly from the accident, and were the first ones to report the accident by calling for help.

"Around 5:15 in the morning we heard a single loud bang that even shook the homes and then the lights went out, we went out because of the obvious screams and we realized that the train had derailed, if there was damage in fact there were three people trapped and fortunately, they were unharmed but one fell over the fence and died,” said an eyewitness. 

In a press release, SCT informed that the head of the ARTF, David Camacho Alcocer, went to the site of the accident with specialized personnel to verify the area and the condition of the track and railway equipment, as well as to gather information to determine the possible causes that led to the accident. In accordance with regulations, the commission immediately began collecting information in regards to the investigation, analysis and evaluation of physical, technical, administrative and photographic evidence, as well as evidence provided by electronic media, social networks or witnesses, and any other evidence that may be useful in the investigation.

The company Grupo Mexico Transportes said in a press release the incident is being investigated, but pointed to vandalism as the cause for the accident. "The derailed units hit homes that invaded the concessioned right of way, the safety strip that covers at least 15 meters lateral to the tracks, where unfortunately one person lost his life. Emergency services and Ferromex workers immediately moved to the scene of the incident."

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Lorenzo Núñez Lorenzo Núñez Junior Journalist & Industry Analyst