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  • Mexico City-Fuel line explodes-15 dead

    MEXICO CITY (AP) - A fuel line exploded along a highway in
    eastern Mexico on Thursday, injuring scores of people and killing
    several, according to officials in the area.
    Fifteen people died in the explosion, according to Pedro
    Mejilla, shift chief for the federal highway police in Orizaba, one
    of numerous agencies trying to rescue the injured Thursday night.
    But Red Cross commander Gerardo Sanz in the same city, about 15
    kilometers (10 miles) east of the explosion, said that while he had
    heard reports of deaths, they were unconfirmed.
    "Dozens and dozens" were injured, Mejilla said.
    Authorities agreed that the explosion occurred along a gas or
    fuel line near the town of Maltrata in a mountainous area about 190
    kilometers (115 miles) southeast of Mexico City, though there were
    varying accounts of what caused it: a truck crash, an avalanche or
    a storm-swollen river.
    Mejilla said it occurred near several roadside restaurants and
    he said several tractor-trailer rigs and small buildings were
    burned.
    He said the incident, which occurred at roughly 8 p.m. (2100
    EDT), forced closure of the main Mexico City-Veracruz expressway
    for more than two hours.
    Sanz said the terrain made radio communication with rescuers
    difficult.
    Jorge Garcia Perez, director-general of the Red Cross for the
    city of Cordoba, said his agency had sent several ambulances 40
    kilometers (25 miles) west to the explosion site.
    "It seems there are about 100 injured, 15 of them seriously,"
    he said by telephone.
    A spokeswoman for the Veracruz state government, Silvia Lara,
    said officials there did not yet have details of the incident but
    that they had sent a helicopter to the scene.

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