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Gas Tanker Truck Explosion Kills 22 Outside Mexico City

Updated:2013-05-09 22:05
By Xie Yu in Hubei (CSCTRUCK)

A fireball tore through homes and cars and left at least 22 people dead after a gas tanker truck exploded on a highway near Mexico City.

MEXICO CITY — A natural gas tanker truck lost control and exploded on a highway lined by homes in the Mexico City suburb of Ecatepec early Tuesday, killing at least 22 people and injuring nearly three dozen, according to the Citizen Safety Department of Mexico State, which surrounds Mexico City.

Officials did not rule out the possibility the death toll could rise more as emergency workers continued sifting through the charred remains of vehicles and homes built near the highway on the northern edge of the metropolis.
Mexico had allowed trucks to travel two-lane roads with loads of up to 80 metric tons and lengths exceeding 100 feet, compared to a U.S. limit of is 80,000 pounds (40 tons) on interstate highways. It subsequently reduced that limit by about 4.5 tons.

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