A tanker loaded with gas exploded on a busy road near Mexico City on Saturday night killing ten people and injuring many more.
GV NIGHT SCENE OF fire (3 shots)
SV Firemen hosing down burning wrecked tanker (3 shots)
GV (FOLLOWING MORNING) Wrecked bus with onlookers milling around
REPORTER: "More than 26 tons of liquid natural gas exploded into a ball of fire when the tank truck turned over on a busy highway. The flames spread over a half a mile of open countryside. People ten miles away saw them against the night sky. These pictures came from TELEVISA, the Mexican National Television Network, whose symbol is at the lower left hand corner of the screen. The driver of the truck was killed in the explosion. More than two hundred people were injured. The toll of death and injury was high because the truck was being followed along the high by three passenger buses carrying a total of 123 people. When the truck exploded the buses were engulfed in the flames. Richard Hunt, NBC News."
The crash came only four days after a propylene gas tanker smashed into a crowded holiday camp in Spain, searing hundreds of people in a ball of fire. With the Mexican tanker driver and his assistant both dead, the cause of the new disaster was not immediately known. One eyewitness suggested an attempt by one of the buses to restart a stalled motor after the truck overturned sparked the explosion. Foreign exports probing the Spanish holocaust have urgently called for international regulations on the transport of dangerous petrochemicals.
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Background: A tanker loaded with gas exploded on a busy road near Mexico City on Saturday night killing ten people and injuring many more. On Monday (17 July) doctors said ten to fifteen people were on the critical list in hospitals and not expected to live. The explosion broke windows in a town six miles (10 kilometres) away. Richard Hunt of NBC New reports.