At least 26 people, including a baby a few months old, were killed in a horrific accident when a truck crashed into a minibus and then burst into flames.
The tragic accident happened on Sunday on a highway in northeastern Mexico, in the state of Tamaulipas.
The vehicles crashed on a road between the cities of Zaragoza and Hidalgo.
Pictures shared by the authorities showed that the people carrier was almost completely destroyed by fire and the truck was also badly burned.
When officers arrived at the scene of the accident, they found that the truck with the trailer was no longer at the scene of the accident.
A source for the Tamaulipas prosecutor’s office said investigators are not sure if the driver of the truck fled or if he was also killed in the accident.
According to local media, the victims may all have been members of a family who had rented the van to go to the northern Veracruz city of Monterrey.
All are believed to be Mexicans as ID cards were seized at the scene, a source said.
The accident happened on a highway near the state capital Ciudad Victoria and the cause is under investigation, officials said.
The governor of Tamaulipas Américosaid in a statement: “I deeply regret the recorded tragedy at km. 81 on the Güemez-Zaragoza highway, where several innocent people lost their lives. My condolences go to their families.
“I have given instructions to investigate the cause of this accident and to provide all possible assistance to the families of the victims.”
State public safety officials said: “Traffic will not be obstructed, but it is recommended that you drive carefully and respect speed limits and signs.”