At least 14 dead, dozens injured in Mexico bus crash

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Old 30-Jun-2008
At least 14 dead, dozens injured in Mexico bus crash

MEXICO CITY: At least 14 people were killed and 28 injured on Sunday when a truck slammed into two passenger buses stopped for repairs on a highway in Mexico's northern state of Chihuahua, police said.

"One of the buses stopped due to a mechanical failure and was partially off the road. Another bus stopped behind it. Apparently neither vehicle used warning lights, and a tractor trailer slammed into them," Chihuahua Federal Police officer Andres Valle said.

One bus burst into flames in the crash and 14 people perished in the fire, he added.

Officials said the death toll from the accident on the Pan-American Highway could rise as several of the injured were in critical condition.

Valle said all the crash victims were aboard the bus that had stopped to help the first bus change a tire.

The passengers of the assisting bus remained on board, while those of the bus being repaired had gotten off and were unharmed in the accident.

The tractor trailer slammed into the occupied bus in such a way that its doors were closed stuck, trapping the people inside when the fire broke out, Valle said

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