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Riding La Bestia, The Immigration Train

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Shadows move across the tracks as La Bestia, the train known as The Beast, approaches from the southern Mexican state of Chiapas into the state of Veracruz. (Photo: Lorne Matalon/Fronteras)

In 2010, Fronteras Desk contributor and KRTS/KXWT reporter Lorne Matalon rode on a train known as La Bestia (The Beast) ferrying Central Americans through Mexico. That train derailed last weekend, killing at least six Hondurans and critically injuring at least 16 others.

This is the story of Matalon's experience.