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Big Rig Crash Kills Six in Mexico

October 14, 1998

PACHUCA, Mexico (AP) _ A big rig loaded down with cement lost its brakes on a central Mexican highway Wednesday and plowed into pedestrians, cars and food stands before crashing into a house. Six people were killed.

The crash occurred at 9:30 a.m. in Tulancingo, 70 miles northeast of Mexico City, on an incline on the main highway between Mexico City and the northern Gulf of Mexico coast.

The truck was carrying 32 tons of cement when it lost its brakes, according to Juan Perez Leyva, local commander of the federal highway police.

He said the truck couldn’t negotiate a turn and hit at least one pedestrian, two cars and several food stands before crashing into the house, where two people died as they slept.

It was unclear exactly where the other victims were at the time of the crash, but Leyva said six people were killed and seven _ including the truck driver, Julio Castro Escalona _ were seriously injured.

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