An early morning crash involving a truck carrying mine explosive in the Mexican mining state of Coahuila Monday killed at least 37 people, injuring 150 and resulting in the evacuation of 12,000.
Author: Dorothy Kosich
Posted: Tuesday , 11 Sep 2007

RENO, NV - The Mexican Parliament has been asked to create a national commission to investigate an explosion Monday which killed at least 37 people and injuring 150, after a truck carrying 20 tons of mining explosives burst into flames after colliding with a smaller vehicle in the northern state of Coahuila.
The crash drew a crowd of onlookers--including reporters and rescue workers and drivers who stopped to assist and were unaware that the truck contained explosives--were subsequently killed when the wreckage caught fire, the dynamite exploded, generating a fireball that burned nearby cars and left a 10-by-100 foot deep crater in the concrete.
Government officials evacuated 12,000 people in the densely populated area located in an urban area between the towns of San Pedro and Monclova, which exacerbated the number of causalities, believed to have included 150 people, according to the Federal Police. The huge blast broke windows with an 800-meter range.
The Committee to Protect Journalists identified David Herrera of the daily Zócalo, Carlos Antonio Ballesteros from the daily El Tiempo and Andrés Ramírez of the daily La Prensa as the three reporters killed in the blast.
Controversy had previously arisen in Coahuila over the amount of explosives being transported by truck for use in local mines.

Mexican President Felipe Cauldron expressed his condolences to the families of the victims.
Federal Police said it was the worst tragedy to occur in Coahuila since 65 miners died in an explosion at Grupo Mexico's Pasta de Conchos coal mine in February 2006.