Monday Apr 14, 201412:07 AM GMT
Bus accident leaves 36 dead in southern Mexico
View of a bus burnt after an accident in southern Mexico, on April 13, 2014.
View of a bus burnt after an accident in southern Mexico, on April 13, 2014.
Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:5AM
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At least 36 people have been killed in a bus accident in Mexico’s southern state of Veracruz, authorities say.

The bus slammed into the back of a parked trailer-truck and burst into flames, leaving 4 others injured on Sunday.

The accident took place between 1:30 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. local time (0630 GMT and 0700 GMT) after the bus took passengers, mostly shopkeepers, from the southeastern Tabasco state city of Villahermosa to Mexico City.

Mexican government spokesman Alberto Silva Ramos said at least 36 people were confirmed dead by the accident, in which the roof and the tires of the bus were reduced to ashes.

"The trailer-truck was on the shoulder of the highway at kilometer 135 (mile 84) ... when the bus hit the back of the trailer, which caused this regrettable accident," Governor Javier Duarte told a Mexican TV station.

"In addition to crashing, the bus caught fire, which makes the investigative work to identify bodies more difficult," he added.

Duarte had earlier put the death toll at 25.

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