The death toll in a bus accident in northern Mexico rises to 20

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MEXICO CITY – The death toll in a bus accident in northern Mexico has risen to 20 as questions arise over whether a double tanker tanker truck could have caused the crash.

The Hidalgo state government, where eight of the victims were from, said late Saturday the crash also killed 11 people from the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz. It was not initially known where the 20th person killed came from.

While there were some concerns that the victims were a contingent of migrant workers, Hidalgo said the bus simply picked up anyone who stopped it on its route to the northern city of Monterrey.

The bus collided with a tanker truck loaded with fuel in the northern border state of Tamaulipas.

Prosecutors said in a statement that “the crash may have occurred because one of the fuel tanks became detached.”

Both vehicles burned out completely in the collision. Police photos showed the bus had become a tangle of smoking, charred metal.

The driver of the tanker apparently survived and is being examined. The bus had apparently departed from the central state of Hidalgo and was en route to Monterrey.

The articulated lorry pulled two tank trailers in a row. Such double container trucks have been involved in numerous fatal accidents in the past.

Because weight restrictions and security controls are lax in Mexico, there have been calls in the past to ban the extremely heavy and unwieldy trucks.

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