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11 dead in Mexico crash of double-semi, school van

May 21, 2015

MEXICO CITY (AP) — State authorities say a double-trailer freight truck drifted into an oncoming lane and toppled onto a van carrying high school students in north-central Mexico, killing 11 people.

The government of the north-central state of San Luis Potosi said Wednesday that tests on the truck driver revealed marijuana in his system and he is being held without bail.

Those killed Tuesday included nine students returning from a trip to a local university, a teacher and the van driver.

Mexico’s extremely heavy tandem trailers have been involved in many deadly accidents in recent years, raising calls to ban them from Mexico’s often-deficient roads.

In 2012, a semi-truck lost one of its two trailers and hit a bus carrying farm workers, killing 43 people.

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