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19 dead in Mexico as truck crashes into cars at toll booth

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National Guard officers and rescue workers work the scene of the accident today involving multiple vehicles in Chalco on the outskirt of Mexico City, Photo / AP

A heavy truck smashed into a toll booth and six other vehicles on a highway in central Mexico today, leaving at least 19 people dead and three injured, authorities said.

The brakes on the truck, which was transporting shampoo base, apparently failed before it crashed into the toll booth and then the vehicles, igniting a large fire on the highway connecting Mexico City with Puebla state, said a statement from Mexico’s Federal Roads and Bridges and Related Services agency. The accident occurred in Mexico State.

The agency raised the death toll to 19 late today (Saturday local time).

Videos posted on social media showed some of the vehicles involved in the accident engulfed in flames, while others near the toll booth were completely destroyed.

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