18 people killed in highway accident in northeastern Mexico

At least 18 people were killed Saturday when a tanker truck carrying fuel collided with a bus, catching fire on a highway in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, the state’s Attorney General’s Office reported.

The bus is from the Castanuelas Tours company and was traveling from the municipality of Huejutla when the accident occurred at km 67 on the Victoria-Monterrey Highway near the municipality of Hidalgo.

The driver of the truck fled after the crash, according to witnesses.

The highway was closed to conduct an investigation into the accident.

According to the National Public Security System, 9,315 people died in traffic accidents in Mexico from January to July this year.