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Mexico Bus Crash Kills 11

May 25, 2002

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MEXICO CITY (AP) _ A tour bus carrying oil workers and their families to a beach holiday slammed into a truck along a rural highway in southern Mexico on Saturday, killing 11 people and injuring at least 14 others.

The bus, hired as part of a beach trip organized by a local labor union for the state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, left the Pacific port city of Salina Cruz bound for the beach community of Santa Cruz Huatulco in a scarcely populated corner of Oaxaca state, 385 miles southeast of Mexico City.

Anotonio Carranza, a spokesman for authorities in the nearby city of Santo Domingo Tehuantepec, said that the bus driver was speeding and lost control of the vehicle around a sharp curve about half an hour into the 115-mile journey.

The bus careened into the lane of an oncoming truck, which was also speeding and unable to stop in time, Carranza said.

The crash victims were rushed to a state hospital in Salina Cruz, where six people remained in critical condition Saturday afternoon, the government news agency Notimex reported.

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