Mexico crash: At least 24 dead after head-on collision between bus and fuel tanker

Russell Hope, News Reporter

At least 24 people have been killed after a head-on collision between a bus and a fuel tanker near the Pacific coast in southwestern Mexico.

The crash caused the tanker to explode, killing its driver and seriously burning some of the victims, while a few of the survivors managed to escape the burning vehicle.

Police said the bus, reportedly carrying 36 passengers, some of them tourists, was on a holiday trip to the beach district of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo in Guerrero when it hit the truck, which had come from the port of Lazaro Cardenas.

The collision occurred near the town of Petacalco on the border between the states of Guerrero and Michoacan.

In a statement, the state government of Guerrero said nine people were injured and they were taken to a hospital in Michoacan.

Officials said the cause of the collision was not immediately clear, but some of the survivors said they felt an impact in the back of the bus before the explosion.

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