Truck explosion kills 29 in Mexico

At least 29 people were killed and 120 injured early Monday when a truck carrying explosives crashed and later burst into flames in the northern state of Coahuila, local authorities said.

 Truck explosion kills 29 in Mexico
At least 29 people were killed and 120 injured early Monday when a truck carrying explosives crashed and later burst into flames in the northern state of Coahuila, local authorities said.

"Twenty-nine people are dead and around 120 injured, 30 of them seriously ... the truck disintegrated," said Sergio Robles, a civil protection official in Coahuila, adding that the blast left a three-meter (10-foot) deep and 30 meter-wide (100-foot) crater.

Coahuila Governor Humberto Moreira told Formato 21 radio that among the victims were four journalists who were taking pictures at the scene as well as rescue workers and drivers trying to get others out.

According to Moreira, the truck, which was carrying several tons of explosives, crashed into another vehicle on the highway and exploded, "some 40 minutes later."

AFP
Last Mod: 11 Eylül 2007, 12:10
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