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

November 7, 2021 GMT
National Guard officers and rescue workers work the scene of an accident involving multiple vehicles, in Chalco, on the outskirt of Mexico City, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. At least 15 people were killed and another five injured in a multiple crash that occurred on a highway in central Mexico on Saturday, firefighters said. (AP Photo)
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National Guard officers and rescue workers work the scene of an accident involving multiple vehicles, in Chalco, on the outskirt of Mexico City, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. At least 15 people were killed and another five injured in a multiple crash that occurred on a highway in central Mexico on Saturday, firefighters said. (AP Photo)
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National Guard officers and rescue workers work the scene of an accident involving multiple vehicles, in Chalco, on the outskirt of Mexico City, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. At least 15 people were killed and another five injured in a multiple crash that occurred on a highway in central Mexico on Saturday, firefighters said. (AP Photo)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A transport truck smashed into a toll booth and six other vehicles on a highway in central Mexico Saturday, 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 Saturday.

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.