Editors Note: As I am posting this, the news is 9 minutes old and I am putting it out here before the spinmeisters who oppose the Mexican Demonstration Program and anything Mexican have a chance to twist the facts for their own purposes. My source is NOTIMEX and a couple other sources including family on the scene in Monclova Coahuila. This report contains graphic images!
MONCLOVA- A truck carrying more than 25 tons of dynamite exploded Monday in northern Mexico, killing at least 23 people and injuring more than 140, a government spokesman said.
Of the 140 injured, 30 suffered critical wounds and five were listed in extremely critical condition, said David Aguisn, spokesman for Humberto Moreira, the governor of the state of Coahuila.
Notimax, Mexico’s official news agency, reported at least 30 people were killed in the blast at a factory near Monclova — about 125 miles (200 kilometers) northwest of Monterrey.
Three Mexican reporters were among those killed, according to Notimax.
Video footage showed the burned-out, mangled shell of the truck and nearby cars damaged by the blast.
Aguisn said that there is no indication of foul play. The cause of the explosion is under investigation
UPDATE: Houston Chronicle
PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico — A truck carrying mining explosives blew up after colliding with another vehicle in northern Mexico, killing at least 37 people, including three reporters who came to the scene, state and federal officials said.
Soldiers, police, emergency officials, nearby residents and reporters were on the scene Sunday night when a fire broke out and the truck filled with explosives blew up, according to Luis Horacio de Hoyos of the Coahuila state Attorney General’s Office.
The explosion occurred near the town of Sacramento.
Maximo Alberto Neri Lopez, a federal police official, said 37 people were killed and 150 were injured. He said the explosion left a 10-by-40 foot crater in the concrete.
De Hoyos said three newspaper reporters from the city of Monclova were among the dead.
More information is emerging of this tragedy. The cargo which exploded is questionable in my mind as to whether it was dynamite or not.
The truck was owned by Orica Mining Services which has a Ammonia Nitrate Plant in the city of Monclova.
Sources at the scene state a pick up truck or SUV (camioneta has a couple of translations) collided with the tractor trailer and a fire erupted.
The large number of injuries and deaths were because of this fire. The explosion was not immediate and rescue workers, reporters and looky loos has gathered when the thing exploded resulting in the deaths and injuries.
More to come…………
UPDATE: And how is Jerome Corsi spinning the story which incidently, is buried amongst the sucker ads on his site.
37 killed as truck blows up in Mexico collision
Police say vehicle was packed with explosives, 150 people injured
Of course it was “packed with explosives” Jerry. The rig belonged to Orico, an explosives manufacturer in Monclova Coahuila. What else would it have been hauling, tamales?
UPDATE: Explosion happened 40 minutes after the initial crash which explains the high death toll and injuries.