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18 Die in Fiery Highway Wreck

March 5, 1991

QUERETARO, Mexico (AP) _ A fiery crash involving two buses and a tractor trailer truck loaded with flammable painting supplies killed at least 18 people Monday, officials said.

Many of the dead could not be immediately identified because their bodies were badly burned. Seventy-two people were injured.

The paints and thinners on the truck ignited after the truck collided with a bus that was attempting pass it. The second bus was following close behind and rammed into the burning wreckage, said a spokesman for the Queretaro state prosecutor, Jose Antonio Leon Razo.

The accident occurred near the capital city of Queretaro on a highway 125 miles northwest of Mexico City.

Survivors were taken to Red Cross clinics and government hospitals, he said.

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