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20 killed by Mexico gasoline tanker truck blast

Death toll goes up two after March 26 explosion.


MEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities say the number of dead from a recent gasoline truck blast has reached 20 after two more people succumbed to injuries sustained in the explosion.

Prosecutors in the southern Gulf coast state of Tabasco say a 24-year-old woman and a 29-year old man are the latest victims.

The explosion took place March 26 following the crash of a 15,800-gallon (60,000-litre) tanker truck. Locals ignored warnings to stay away and were trying to take gasoline from the damaged vehicle when it ignited.

Eleven people remain hospitalized including three children being treated in Galveston, Texas.

Authorities revoked the operating license for a distribution plant linked to a natural gas truck blast that killed five and injured 70 at a maternal hospital in January.

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