The number of people killed in a fuel pipeline explosion on Friday, January 18 in the central state of Hidalgo has risen to 100, the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) said Thursday. Another 48 are receiving treatment for their injuries.
The explosion and an ensuing blaze occurred where a leaking pipeline was gushing fuel in the community of San Primitivo in the municipality of Tlahuelilpan at around 7 p.m. local time.
According to the local government, between 600 and 800 people gathered at the site to collect leaked fuel with containers when the blast took place.
The crowd ignored warnings not to approach the pipeline issued by around two dozens soldiers and federal police officers.
The federal Attorney General’s Office has launched an investigation, with both military and police chiefs expected to testify.