MEXICO CITY – The number of people dead as a result of a head-on collision involving a tour bus and a fuel tanker on a highway near the border between the Mexican states of Michoacan and Guerrero stands at 26, authorities said Friday.
The bodies of 26 people were brought to the medical examiner’s office in Morelia, Michoacan’s capital, the state Attorney General’s Office said.
Doctors, forensic technicians, and other specialists are working to identify the victims of Thursday’s accident and expedite the release of the bodies to the families of the dead, the AG Office said.
Guerrero AG Office spokesman Roberto Alvarez said on Thursday that 24 people died and nine others were hurt in the crash.
The accident occurred around 6:30 am on the Siglo XXI highway near the toll plaza in Feliciano, Guerrero, roughly 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the port city of Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacan.
The vehicles crashed head-on and burst into flames, killing both drivers, investigators said.
The tour bus had departed from Morelia with some 35 passengers, while the tanker truck was hauling 40,000 liters (more than 10,500 gallons) of gasoline, officials said.