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Tren Maya investigating derailment cause at Yucatán station

Merida, Yucatan — Tren Maya authorities say they are investigating the cause of a car derailment that happened Monday morning at the Tixkokob station. According to an official Tren Maya statement, the derailment happened around 9:30 a.m. when the four-car train was pulling into the Yucatan station.

Three cars passed over the tracks normally, while one did not. The train was traveling at around 10 kms/h at the time of the incident. There were no injuries reported.

The derailment happened on a route heading to Cancun. Maya Train passengers were escorted off the train at the Tixkokob station and transferred to Cancun via another means which was not specified in the official Tren Maya statement.

However, they did report that “this incident did not affect the scheduled operation of the rest of the trains.”

Numerous passengers on board the train at the time of the derailment videoed the incident, as did others passing the derailed car at the Tixkokob station in Yucatan.

Sedena engineers take photos of the car derailment. Photos: March 25, 2024.

National Guard were part of the responders to the early morning incident along with the Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional (Sedena) engineers who were seen taking notes and photos.

National Guard were first on scene of the early morning derailment.
Photo: March 25, 2024.

In an official statement, authorities said “the company Tren Maya informs the media, users and society in general that the fourth car of train D006 experienced an interruption of flow on the track at the Tixkokob station, Yucatán, without registering human or material damage.

“The incident occurred at 9:30 a.m. when, entering the Tixkokob station, the first three cars of train D006 passed a track change at a speed of approximately 10 km/h, with the fourth car leaving the tracks.

“Given this situation, we proceeded to evacuate our passengers to provide them with transfer care so that they could continue their trip to Cancun. This incident did not affect the scheduled operation of the rest of the trains.

One of the cars derailed while changing tracks. Photo: March 25, 2024.

“Likewise, a Ruling Commission was formed that is already carrying out an exhaustive investigation of the incident to determine its causes and prevent any similar situation that could compromise the Mayan Train service.”

It is the second known incident involving the Maya Train since inauguration in late 2023. On March 11, two men who fell asleep on a section of Tren Maya tracks were hit. One of the two men, both of whom are reported to be Honduran migrants, died.