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Likely Stowaways in Rail Coal Car Are Found Dead

January 31, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Five Mexicans who had apparently stowed away in a railroad coal car were found dead when the coal was dumped onto a conveyor belt at a power plant near Willcox.

Investigators have not determined whether the men were illegal immigrants, said sheriff's spokeswoman Carol Capas.

The bodies were discovered at the Arizona Electric Power Cooperative after the car dumped its 100-ton load. The men apparently asphyxiated in the coal, said Miguel Escobar Valdez, the Mexican consul in Douglas.

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