Whereas there had been some concern the victims had been a contingent of migrant laborers, Hidalgo mentioned the bus merely picked up anybody who flagged it down alongside its path to the northern metropolis of Monterrey.
The bus collided with a tanker truck carrying gas and within the northern border state of Tamaulipas.
State prosecutors mentioned in an announcement that “the crash might have occurred as a result of one of many gas tanks got here unfastened.”
The collision left each automobiles fully burned. Police images confirmed the bus was lowered to a tangle of smoking, charred steel.
The driving force of the gas truck apparently survived and is underneath investigation. The bus had apparently set out from the central state of Hidalgo and was headed to Monterrey.
The semi-truck was towing two tank trailers in tandem. Such double-container freight vans have been concerned in quite a few lethal crashes up to now.
As a result of weight restrictions and security inspections in Mexico are lax, there have been calls up to now to ban the extraordinarily heavy and unwieldy vans.