Forensic staff and red cross members inspect the remains of
the bus. REUTERS/Angel Hernandez
At least 36 people were killed and four injured when a
bus crashed into the back of a truck in eastern Mexico and
caught fire, the government of the state of Veracruz said.
The bus had left Villahermosa in Tabasco state and was en
route to Mexico City when it crashed near the municipality of
Juan Rodriguez Clara, the Veracruz government said in a
"Apart from being hit, the bus also caught fire, making the
job of identifying bodies difficult," Veracruz Governor
Javier Duarte said on local television.
The truck was "badly parked on the motorway" when the bus
hit, the statement said, citing federal police reports. The
bus was completely consumed by the fire, it added, raising
the death toll from the accident from 33 reported earlier.
Bus crashes and road accidents occur frequently in Mexico,
taking a heavy death toll each year.
In 2012, at least 43 people died when a truck hit a bus in
Veracruz, and just a couple of months later more than 30
others were killed in a separate accident in Guerrero state.