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Mexico pipeline blast: Death toll reaches 91

It is still unclear how events unfolded leading up to the Friday blast, which occurred as hundreds of people rushed to collect fuel in buckets and jerrycans from a geyser of gasoline that was spouting from an illegal pipeline tap near the town of Tlahuelilpan.

Saima Siddiqui

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Published on 22 Jan 2019 5:52 AM GMT

Mexico pipeline blast: Death toll reaches 91
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Mexico City: The state governor Omar Fayad, on Monday confirmed the death toll from the gasoline pipeline explosion in Mexico's Hidalgo state, has reached 91. He also added that 52 injured were admitted in dozen hospitals across Hidalgo.

The explosion and an ensuing blaze occurred at a pipeline spot in the community of San Primitivo in Tlahuelilpan in the evening of January 18.

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It is still unclear how events unfolded leading up to the Friday blast, which occurred as hundreds of people rushed to collect fuel in buckets and jerrycans from a geyser of gasoline that was spouting from an illegal pipeline tap near the town of Tlahuelilpan.

According to the local government, between 600 and 800 people gathered at the site to collect leaked fuel with containers when the explosion took place.

The accident is one of the worst tragedies caused by pipeline explosions in Mexico in recent years.

In a similar incident that took place on December 2010, 30 people were killed and 52 others injured in a series of explosions at two oil pipelines in the state of Puebla.

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