Published On: Thu, Jan 29th, 2015

Tragedy in Mexico City

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The explosion of a gas tank truck at the Materno Infantil Hospital in the district of Cuajimalpa in the west part of Mexico City, left two people dead and 66 seriously injured, which were taken to other hospitals.

Adrián Rubalcava, delegate of Cuajimalpa district, said in an interview with a local radio station that the nursery, the administrative area and the emergency room of the hospital collapsed after the explosion, leaving at least 43 injured, among them 16 new born babies, that were taken to other hospitals, such as Rubén Leñero, Enrique Cabrera, Balbuena, Centro Médico ABC Santa Fé, Ángeles Mocel, Xoco and the Polanco Red Cross.
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Julio César Martínez, the driver of the tank truck, and his two assistants, asked to call the Fire Department after detecting a leak in the truck’s hose. Authorities said that they are in custody to determine their responsibility in the accident. The tank truck belonged to Gas Company “Express Nieto”.

Later on, Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera confirmed that the explosion of a gas tank truck at Materno Infantil Hospital in Cuajimalpa killed two people: a woman and a new born baby.

He added that 66 other people were taken to different hospitals, among them 16 babies, and that 22 of them are in serious condition.

Mancera said that the surrounding schools were evacuated and that 1,000 elements are removing rubble to search for victims. 

Before leaving the scene Mexico City Mayor said that the gas company Gas Nieto Express, whose tank truck caused the accident, “will be made fully accountable.”
A policeman saved the life of a baby trapped in rubble after the explosion of a gas tank truck at the Materno Infantil Hospital in Cuajimalpa, Mexico City

A policeman saved the life of a baby trapped in rubble after the explosion of a gas tank truck at the Materno Infantil Hospital in Cuajimalpa, Mexico City

He added that the three operators of the vehicle were arrested to determine their responsibility in the accident, caused by a leak in the truck’s hose. One of them is hospitalized. 
 
Mancera said that the company provides gas to all Mexico City hospitals since 2007.

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  1. Tami says:

    They have to change those hoses occasionally . There must be a way to turn off flow out of the hose. So how did so much gas leak out? Noone knows how to shut it off? Nonone knew to get the truck away or evacuate the building? Its really confusing!

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