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Mexico City gas truck explodes near maternity hospital

By BBC   |   30 January 2015   |   5:32 am  

A GAS tank lorry has exploded outside a maternity and children’s hospital in Mexico City, killing a woman and a baby, the city’s mayor said.

The explosion, on the western edge of Mexico City, was so large that much of the building was destroyed.

Officials initially said seven people had been killed, but Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera later revised the figure.

Dozens of people were injured by flying glass. About 100 people were believed to be inside the hospital at the time.

Rescuers are at the scene, searching for anyone who might be trapped under rubble and twisted metal.

Mr Mancera said the blast had been caused by a leak in the hose carrying gas from the truck to the hospital kitchen.

The tanker workers had been struggling to repair the hose for about 15 to 20 minutes, according to reports.

As they worked, a large cloud of gas began to form outside the hospital, reports said.



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