Illegal tap in Mexican fuel pipeline explodes, at least 20 dead, 60 injured

A handout photo made available by the Emergency Network Mexico (REM) shows the bodies of people burned at the site where a fuel pipeline exploded, in the town of Tlahuililpan, Hidalgo state, Mexico, 18 January 2019. A ruptured pipeline of the state-owned company Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) exploded on 18 January in the central state of Hidalgo. EPA-EFE/

MEXICO CITY.- Fuel from an illegal tap in a pipeline belonging to the state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) exploded on Friday in the central Mexican state of Hidalgo with a preliminary death toll of 20 and at least 60 injured.

The accident occurred late Friday afternoon in the municipality of Tlahuelilpan when dozens of people tried to collect spilling fuel in buckets and drums after the fuel flooded farmland according to state governor Omar Fayad.

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