The freight train which carried drugs across Mexico was hit by a truck
The freight trains which carried cocaine and heroin across Mexico are now being investigated for running an “unsafe and dangerous” route.RTE has learned the train was travelling from Tijuana to Mexico City when it was hit in the middle of the night by a tractor trailer.
It has since been found that a truck carrying the drugs hit the train, but not before it ran aground in the city of San Luis Potosi, causing significant damage to the rail line.
The train, which is part of the Sinaloa Cartel’s “Golden Triangle” which has links to the Soto del Norte drug cartel, was carrying the cocaine and the heroin when it derailed at around 5.30am local time (12.30pm AEDT) on the Atocha Freeway, in the town of Tijuana, on Thursday morning.
The Sinaloan Cartel, which has control over the drug trade, said in a statement that “there is a possibility of a fire on board”.
“It is being investigated and it is our belief that the train had been sabotaged,” the statement read.
The truck, which was carrying around 40 tonnes of cocaine and 100 tonnes of heroin, was “totally destroyed”, according to Sinaloans Interior Ministry.
“It was completely destroyed and destroyed completely,” the spokesman for the Mexican Federal Highway Agency (FHWA) told RTE.
“The freight was transported to a site in Tijuana.”
“There were no injuries to the driver or any passengers,” the FHWA added.
“We have no reason to believe that it was an accident,” said the Mexican Maritime Guard.
The driver of the truck was detained in San Luis.
The incident has sparked a debate in Mexico over the safety of cargo trains.
Earlier this year, the Sino-Mexican border was closed to traffic after two people died and two were seriously injured after a cargo train derailed.