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At least 36 die in bus fire horror

Published 13/04/2014 | 20:37

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A soldier guards the site where a passenger bus slammed into a broken-down truck and burst into flames near the town of Ciudad Isla in the Gulf state of Veracruz, Mexico, Sunday, April 13, 2014. Dozens of people traveling on the bus to Mexico City burned to death inside the bus. (AP Photo/Feliz Marquez)
A soldier guards the site where a passenger bus slammed into a broken-down truck and burst into flames near the town of Ciudad Isla in the Gulf state of Veracruz, Mexico, Sunday, April 13, 2014. Dozens of people traveling on the bus to Mexico City burned to death inside the bus. (AP Photo/Feliz Marquez)
CORRECTS SPELLING OF PHOTOGRAPHER'S FIRST NAME - Soldiers guard the site where a passenger bus slammed into a broken-down truck and burst into flames near the town of Ciudad Isla in the Gulf state of Veracruz, Mexico, Sunday, April 13, 2014. Dozens of people traveling on the bus to Mexico City burned to death inside the bus. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)
CORRECTS SPELLING OF PHOTOGRAPHER'S FIRST NAME - Soldiers guard the site where a passenger bus slammed into a broken-down truck and burst into flames near the town of Ciudad Isla in the Gulf state of Veracruz, Mexico, Sunday, April 13, 2014. Dozens of people traveling on the bus to Mexico City burned to death inside the bus. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)
Forensic experts inspect a passenger bus that slammed into a broken-down truck and burst into flames near the town of Ciudad Isla in the Gulf state of Veracruz, Mexico, Sunday, April 13, 2014. Dozens of people traveling on the bus to Mexico City burned to death inside the bus. (AP Photo/Feliz Marquez)
Forensic experts inspect a passenger bus that slammed into a broken-down truck and burst into flames near the town of Ciudad Isla in the Gulf state of Veracruz, Mexico, Sunday, April 13, 2014. Dozens of people traveling on the bus to Mexico City burned to death inside the bus. (AP Photo/Feliz Marquez)

At least 36 people are reported to have been killed after a passenger bus slammed into a broken-down truck and burst into flames in southern Mexico.

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Officials in Veracruz said four people survived the crash, which occurred shortly after midnight in the south-eastern state.

The state civil defence agency said the victims were businesspeople from the region who were travelling from the Tabasco state capital of Villahermosa to Mexico City.

The agency's emergency director, Ricardo Maza Limon, said that victims apparently burned to death inside the bus, which was so badly charred that the tires melted and markings on its sides were unreadable.

The federal highway department, which earlier gave the death toll as 34, said the bus was travelling on a highway in the area of Acayucan when it struck a tractor-trailer owned by a milk protein company that had broken down and was parked along the roadside.

Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto sent a message of condolences to the families of those who died.

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