At least 25 dead in Mexico bus crash: Official

AFP , Sunday 13 Apr 2014

At least 25 people were killed and four injured after a bus slammed into the back of a parked trailer-truck and burst into flames in southeastern Mexico, authorities said.

The death toll could rise to 33 but the fire made it difficult to identify all the bodies following the accident in Veracruz state, Governor Javier Duarte told Milenio television.

"The trailer-truck was on the shoulder of the highway at kilometer 135 (mile 84) ... when the bus hit the back of the trailer, which caused this regrettable accident," he said.

"In addition to crashing, the bus caught fire, which makes the investigative work to identify bodies more difficult."

The flames destroyed the bus, turning its tires and most of its roof into ashes, according to television images.

The accident took place between 0630 GMT and 0700 GMT as the bus took passengers from the southeastern Tabasco state city of Villahermosa to Mexico City.

The tragedy occurred as Mexicans are set to begin Holy Week in the predominantly Roman Catholic country.

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