At least 19 people dead and three injured on Saturday in an accident on the highway that connects Mexico City with the central city of Puebla, authorities said.
The crash occurred at midday when a cargo truck crashed into several vehicles at a toll booth on the highway. Some of the vehicles caught fire after the impact.
The brakes on the truck apparently failed before it crashed into the toll booth and then the vehicles on Saturday, igniting a large fire on the highway connecting Mexico City with Puebla state.
The federal highway authority, CAPUFE, said in a statement;
“When crossing the toll booth, the truck dragged six vehicles, causing the death of 19 people and 3 injured. Among the deceased is the driver.”
Those injured had been transferred to hospital, the statement said.
CAPUFE also said it was working to remove the vehicles involved in the accident. That section of the highway had been closed to traffic.
The 110-kilometer (68-mile) highway is used by a large number of cargo trucks.
A statement from Mexico’s federal roads and bridges agency said the truck was transporting shampoo base at the time. The accident occurred in Mexico state.
Vehicles involved in the accident were engulfed in flames, with some near the toll booth completely destroyed.
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