TRAGEDY IN SAN FERNANDO – Truck, bus collide killing 6 injuring 19 on Matamoros to Tampico Highway

Collision between passenger bus and double trailer in San Fernando Tamaulipas
A collision between a Tranpais passenger bus and a double tractor trailer on the Matamoros to Tampico highway has left both drivers dead and more than 19 injured. Authorities are still investigating the cause.
A collision between a tractor trailer pulling doubles and an interstate bus owned by TRANSPAIS collided this afternoon in San Fernando Tamaulipas killing 6 and injuring 19. Initial reports from State and Federal Police and units of the Mexican military indicate the northbound double trailer rig crossed the center line and was struck head on by the bus. Both drivers were killed on impact in addition to a child and three passengers.

The fatal collision occurred at 14:50 hours at kilometer 163 on the Matamoros-Tampico highway.

According to the report of the Federal Police Division in San Fernando the Transpaís passenger bus had left the city of Matamoros 11:45 hours this morning on a daily scheduled route to Tampico.

Twenty of the injured passengers were taken to hospitals in San Fernando Tamaulipas where one later died from his injuries.

Although the cause is still under investigation, this is the latest in a series of accidents involving double tractor trailer units which can legally haul up to 109,000 pounds gross weight on Mexico’s Federal highway system.

In April, Mexican truckers banded together demanding the SCT (Mexico’s DOT) put an end to allowing 53′ doubles to be used outside of the Federal highway system. The Mexican government listened and as a result, the Federal Communications and Transport Department (SCT) issued a statement mandating the lowering of maximum weights by 4.5 tons, and limiting double trailers to 25 kilometer (15.5 mile) runs on secondary roads. The SCT also mandated that double-trailers would all have to be inspected within two months from the issuance of the new rules. The department said it would be increasing its inspection force by 14 percent and increase weigh-in scales from 63 to 88.

We’re certain that OOIDA and other opponents of Mexican trucks will use this as an example of why Mexican trucks should not be allowed on US highways, ignoring the fact that Mexican trucks have traveled throughout the US legally for more than 50 years. Rigs of this configuration are not legal in the United States for length or for weight. And accidents do happen. In the United States, Mexico and Canada

At Mexico Trucker Online, it has always been our policy to report the good, the bad and the ugly and we’ll continue to do just that.

Photos courtesy of El Manana – Matamoros Edition: