Gerardo Perez returned to the burnt field in central Mexico on Saturday, where he saw an illegal penetration of the pipeline to see if he could recognize missing friends. Could not. Only a handful of the remains still had skin. Dozens were burned to bone or ash when the exploded gasoline exploded, killing at least 73 people. Hidalgo, about 62 miles north of Mexico City.
"We are stubborn," he said. But as Perez approached the loose fuel, he overcame his foreboding. He remembers telling his son: "Let's go … this thing will explode."
And it did, as the fiery globe covered the locals who collected the spilling gas in buckets, jugs, and garbage containers. The videos showed that the flames were falling high in the night sky and screaming people fleeing the explosion, some of them burning and waving their hands. Perez and his son invented it.
On Saturday night, the number of victims has risen to 73, according to Gudal Hidalgo Omar Feyad. Officials said at least 74 more were injured and more than a dozen were missing. Fifty-four bodies still have to be identified.
Judicial experts divide and count charred piles of corpses, while torturing relatives of supposed dead gather around the place of carnage. The field of alfalfa, the dead seem to have fallen into heaps, maybe when they stumbled upon each other or tried to help each other as a gasoline gasifier that turned into flames. "height =" 353 "width =" 620 "class =" lazyload "data-srcset =" https://cbsnews1
National Defense Minister through Reuters
Some of the dead were lying on their backs, and their hands were agonized. Some seemed to have covered their breasts in a final attempt to protect themselves from the blast. Some bodies seemed to embrace death. The lost shoes were scattered about the size of a football field, as well as the half-molten plastic jars that the victims wore to collect spilled fuel. Closer to the explosion, forensic workers noted mounds of ash with numbers.
On Friday, hundreds of people had gathered in a near-festive atmosphere in a field where the canal was perforated by fuel thieves, and gasoline ejected 20 feet in the air.
The state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos or Pemex said the pipeline that supplies fuel in much of central Mexico was just opened after it was closed on December 23 and that it had been broken 10 times in a row three months. The tragedy came just three weeks after President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador launched an offensive against gang burglaries that broke dangerous, illicit cranes in pipelines, strikingly 12,581 times in the first 10 months of 2018, averaging about 42 per day . The reaction has led to widespread fuel shortages at service stations throughout the country, as Pemex has diverted its distribution, both legally and illegally.
Lopez Obrador vowed on Saturday to continue the fight against a practice that steals about $ 3 billion a year in fuel. 19659003] "We will root out what not only causes material damage, not only what the nation loses from this illegal trade, but also the black market of fuel but the risk, the danger, the loss of human life"
He said the Chief Prosecutor's office will investigate whether the explosion was deliberate – caused by an individual or a group – or whether the fireball occurred due to the inherent risk of illegal fuel extraction. He urged citizens to testify not only to the events in Friday in Hidalgo but also to the whole black chain for theft of fuels. Sadly, people will distance themselves from these practices, "he said.
Lopez Obrador faces a difficult struggle against a practice that local people claim to be deeply rooted in the poor rural areas where pipelines pass, legged only or two of the dirt.Specialized thieves who touch the lines usually ride in trucks.But in the last days, after the government cracked the rings for fuel theft, the gangs broke through the pipelines and invited the locals to help Téhuelilpan, a population of 20,000, is only 8 miles from the oil refinery, Pemex Chief Executive Octavio Romero said that about 10,000 barrels of premium gasoline hurried along the pipeline with 20 kilograms of pressure when it was (19659002) In December 2010, the authorities accused oil thieves of a pipeline explosion in central Mexico near the capital, in the capital of Mexico. which killed 28 people, including o 13 children. This blast burned people and burned houses affecting 5,000 inhabitants in a 6-mile-wide area in San Martin Tekmelúcan.