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A tanker truck transporting liquefied gas exploded in the west Mexican state of Nayarit in the early morning on Monday, Nov. 16, killing at least 13 people, local officials said.

According to a report from the Nayarit Attorney General’s Office, the double-tanker truck crashed and exploded along the highway linking the state capital Tepic with Guadalajara, in  the western state of Jalisco.

The blast impacted three other vehicles, in which authorities found the bodies of 12 people, while a third body found on the tarmac is suspected to belong to the driver or copilot of the tanker.

“The explosion reached an area of around two hectares, in which four vehicles … were totally damaged: a tanker truck, two compact vehicles and a truck,” the report said.

The Nayarit Security and Citizen Protection Secretariat issued a statement saying preliminary information indicates the truck was traveling toward Guadalajara when it lost control, overturned and exploded near Jala, a town in southern Nayarit, near its border with Jalisco.

Video footage broadcast by a local television station showed the blast produced a huge column of fire and later black smoke, as people scrambled out of their vehicles to run to safety.

Nayarit officials said rescuers took a 31-year-old woman to a hospital in Tepic after she suffered severe burns to her body.

Many such large double-trailer freight trucks have been involved in horrifying crashes in Mexico in recent years.

…Nov. 17, 2020

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