The Nayarit Prosecutor’s Office confirmed the death of another person as a result of the explosion of a tanker that transported LP gas on the Tepic-Guadalajara highway, bringing the total number of deaths to 14.
“At this time we are in a position to confirm one more deceased person, so the total balance rises to 14 as a result of the unfortunate accident on the Tepic-Guadalajara highway this morning. We will continue to report,” said the agency on its Twitter account .
For its part, the Nayarit Secretariat for Citizen Security and Protection reported that circulation on the highway in the direction of Tepic has already been released.
“Citizens are informed about the accident at km 106 + 000, circulation to Tepic has been released,” the agency wrote in its Fabook account.
Besides of trailer, three vehicles were affected by the explosion that impacted around two hectares, said the State Prosecutor’s Office in a statement.
The vehicles, one of them a suburban pickup, were so burned that “no plates, colors, or greater characteristics are observed,” adds the note from that department.
The event took place on Monday morning at the height of the municipality of Jala, in Nayarit, on a highway that crosses a mountainous area and connects the capital of that small state on the Pacific coast with Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco.
In its latest report, the Prosecutor’s Office reported that six bodies were found inside the suburban, three in one of the vehicles and another three in another car. Another body was left on the asphalt, apparently that of the driver or copilot of the tanker.
The State Security Secretariat of the state of Nayarit, the first to report the accident, indicated in a statement that preliminary investigations indicate that the trailer, which was circulating in the direction of Guadalajara, lost control and overturned in the middle part of the city. highway before exploding and burning.
The bodies were so burned that their identity will have to be determined by ADN.
The authorities deployed more than 30 troops from different departments and canine teams to search for other possible victims, since entering some areas was complicated by the hot ground.
Accidents involving trucks with double trailers, that is, one cabin and two boxes, have been common in Mexico and several groups have warned of their danger and tried to ban them.