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Trapped combi passenger burns to death in highway accident

Bacalar, Q.R. — A burst tire is said to be the cause of a highway accident that killed one and injured several others. The accident happened Monday when a public transport van running the Chetumal to Felipe Carrillo Puerto route overturned.

According to Municipal Police, the driver lost control of the combi and overturned the van when one of his tires blew. The overturned unit carrying 13 passengers quickly caught fire. One of those passengers who became trapped inside the van burned to death.

A trapped passenger burned to death inside the overturned unit

Seven others were transferred to hospital with injuries. Emergency personnel from Bacalar and Felipe Carrillo Puerto attended the scene. The accident happened Monday morning around 8:30 along the federal highway near the municipality of Bacalar.

Roberto Bravo Peña, director of the Municipal Police, said preliminary information indicates that an exploding tire was the likely cause of the accident.