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The accident scene this morning on the Mexico City-Pachuca highway. The accident scene this morning on the Mexico City-Pachuca highway.

3-bus crash kills 13, injures 20 on Mexico City-Pachuca highway

Driver of one bus was attempting to pass vehicles on the shoulder

A crash involving three buses killed 13 people and injured 20 on the Mexico-Pachuca highway between Mexico City and Ecatepec late Monday night.

The accident occurred when the driver of a bus traveling north attempted to pass by driving on the shoulder. The vehicle slammed into the back of another bus that had stopped for passengers. The second bus then crashed into another that was stationary in front of it.

Initial reports counted nine dead, among them a three-year-old child. However, Civil Protection officials raised the count to 11 when rescue workers found two more bodies inside the wreckage.

The México state attorney general reported on Tuesday that two of the victims among the injured had died in hospital, bringing the total count to 13 dead. Only seven of the 13 had been identified as of Tuesday morning.

Ecatepec firefighters and Civil Protection officials arrived on the scene along with five paramedics units to tend to the injured and remove the dead from the wreckage.

The crash closed the Mexico-Pachuca highway into the early morning hours, and traffic was diverted onto an adjacent highway.

Sources: El Universal (sp), Aristegui Noticias (sp)

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