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Two trains collide in Mexico; at least 10 dead

By Esprit Smith, CNN

(CNN) -- Two trains collided head on Tuesday morning in northwestern Mexico, leaving at least 10 dead and five injured, state news agency Notimex reported.

The cargo trains collided near Suffrage Station (Estacion Sufragio) in the municipality of El Fuerte in Northern Sinaloa state.

In initial reports from the Attorney General's Office and the El Fuerte Municipal Police, the accident occurred just after 3 a.m. and is believed to have been caused by a miscommunication.

The driver of a train carrying corn evidently was not aware that there was another train being repaired on the same tracks and was unable to stop before hitting it head on, according to the Attorney General's Office. the accident remains under investigation.

Rescue efforts have been temporarily suspended as rescue workers wait for adequate equipment to arrive to move the trains' cars, Notimex reported. The number of people on board was not immediately known and the names of the dead have not yet been released.