The Associated Press is reporting that at least 19 people were killed when a twin-engine chartered bus collided with a tractor-trailer early Monday in the central Mexican state of Hidalgo. Another 15 people were reportedly injured. The Associated Press reports that the crash, which took place on a gravel road, left the bus left hanging precariously above the earth. The collision was apparently the result of human error, The Los Angeles Times explains, as the truck driver was thought to have gone through a stop sign.
The dead, according to Mexican media reports, included women and children. The U.S. State Department responded to the crash with a statement that urged “all travelers to exercise a high degree of caution in all areas of Mexico” and stressed that the U.S. government does not “recommend tourist travel to several states in central Mexico including Acapulco, Hidalgo, Veracruz, Michoacan, and Puebla.” The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control released a warning Friday about a popular dance spot in Hidalgo that the state’s Department of Public Safety said “is frequently used for underage drinking and driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.” The department closed the district on April 17, and the state said it will likely remain closed indefinitely as the investigation continues.
Read the full story at The Associated Press.
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