Pipeline explosion leaves 66 dead and 76 injured (Video)

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Animal Politico     

                                         Pipeline Before explosion from

                                          Pipeline Explosion from youtube

Pemex confirmed that the explosion resulted from the manipulation of a clandestine pipe. State authorities explained that several of the injured people were near the pipeline trying to collect fuel that was leaking. 

Editor’s note: Update on the number of victims: 7:00 am on Saturday.   

Pemex Tuxpan-Tula pipeline exploded on Friday, January 18, at around
7:00 pm in the community of San Primitivo, located in the municipality
of Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo, after a clandestine fuel intake.

governor Omar Fayad and the Secretary of State Government, Simón
Vargas, confirmed that there are at least 66 deaths and 76 injured
people, who were transferred to nearby hospitals and some to the La Raza
hospital in Mexico City;
most of them with burns.

The fuel leak is located on the Teltipan-Tlahuelilpan highway, on the border with Tlaxcoapan. The State Police said there were at least 400 people in the area trying to collect fuel that was leaking. They also reported that the DN-III Plan was activated by the Army.

Update: Up to now, 71 people have been injured and 20 people have died. We continue to         implement all the necessary measures to attend to the injured and support the affected families.

– Omar Fayad (@omarfayad) January 19, 2019

In a statement, Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) claimed that the explosion
was caused by the manipulation of the clandestine pipeline for fuel theft, but that the accident does not affect the supply of gasoline in
Mexico City.

Meanwhile, the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic has
already started a portfolio of investigation files on the facts.

 The authorities activated the Response and Assistance Group for Emergency Management (GRAME). They also deployed 11 ambulances; 13 emergency physicians and two specialists, as well as personnel trained in firefighting.

Pemex activated the green alarm in the Hospital of Tula, and announced
that those injured with severe burns will be referred to the North and
South Hospital of Mexico City.

The Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) will also receive the
injured persons in their Tula and Tepeji units “whether or not they are
They will also give attention in the hospitals of Lomas Verdes and Magdalena de las Salinas, “due to the level of specialty”.

List of injured



Injured by explosion in Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo
The head of the capital’s government, Claudia Sheinbaum, reported that
the Ministry of Public Security made available four helicopters equipped
as ambulances with doctors and paramedics to support in Tlahuelilpan.
He also explained that there are five hospitals authorized to treat the injured of the explosion.

The Secretary of Public Safety federal, Alfonso Durazo, informed that due to the situation a National Committee of
Emergencies will be installed to take care of those affected.

The president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, also said he had given instructions to “control the fire and treat the victims.”

Hours before, the government of Hidalgo said they had received a report
of a clandestine pipeline, so the Public Security Staff
of the municipality, the State Security Agency, as well as Civil
Protection and Firefighters went to the area.

Fire in the Queretaro duct by another clandestine pipeline

Pemex also confirmed the fire in a clandestine pipeline in San Juan del Río, Queretaro. However, there were no reports of victims or injuries.
“The fire is in an unpopulated area and there is no risk to the population,” the agency posted on its official Twitter account.

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