MEXICO CITY (AP) — A bus carrying day laborers was struck by a cargo train in northwestern Mexico on Tuesday, injuring nearly three dozen people, officials said, and there were media reports of multiple fatalities.
Sonora state Health Secretary Enrique Clausen Iberri said in a statement that 32 people had been received at the General Hospital in Ciudad Obregon as of mid-afternoon. Three more were treated at a social security clinic in Cajeme.
The state Civil Defense Department published images of white-vested Mexican Red Cross workers attending to victims as the white bus lay battered along the tracks.
A medical helicopter and ambulances were dispatched to the scene of the crash in Vicam, near Guaymas.
The newspaper El Sol de Hermosillo reported that five people died. El Imparcial, which gave a death toll of at least four, published video of three apparently lifeless bodies being loaded into trucks bearing the initials of the Medical Forensic Service.
Authorities did not immediately give information on any fatalities.
El Imparcial said the bus had been dragged 20 yards (20 meters) after the collision with the train.