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20 killed as gas tanker truck explodes in Mexico

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First responders work next to destroyed homes and vehicles after a gas tanker truck exploded on a highway in the Mexico City suburb of Ecatepec early on May 7.

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Miryan Lopez Zedillo, center, a relative of victims of the explosion, cries beside other residents near at the site of the explosion of a gas tanker truck in San Pedro Xalostoc, on the outskirts of Mexico City.

By Reuters

A gas tanker truck exploded on a highway north of Mexico City early on Tuesday, killing at least 20 people and injuring more than 30 others as a fireball tore through cars and homes.

Pablo Bedolla, mayor of the Mexico City suburb of Ecatepec, said 20 people died in the blast that engulfed early morning traffic. Television footage showed burned out vehicles and debris strewn all over the highway on the edge of the capital. Continue reading.

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Firefighters work as a house burns after a gas tanker truck exploded on the highway in front of the home in the Mexico City suburb of Ecatepec, early on May 7.

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Remains of a gas tanker are seen amid charred wreckage.

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Local residents stand inside their home, partially destroyed by the blast of a gas tanker that exploded in Ecatepec.

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Firefighters work next to destroyed houses and vehicles after a gas tanker truck exploded on a nearby highway in the Mexico City suburb of Ecatepec.

Reuters

Firefighters carry the dead body of a victim of the explosion of a gas tanker truck.

An explosion of a gas tanker truck north of Mexico City killed at least 19 people. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.