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The excavator after yesterday's accident. The excavator after yesterday's accident.

Excavator falls 10m on highway, killing 2

The machine, weighing at least 37 tonnes, landed on five vehicles

An excavator weighing at least 37 tonnes plunged from a construction site on to a highway yesterday in México state, killing two people and injuring six others.

The ground gave way beneath the machine as it was working on the site of a new overpass in the Interlomas district of Huixquilucan and it fell 10 meters on to Vía Magna avenue.

The machine landed on three cars and two vans, killing the excavator operator and the driver of one of the vans.

The six people who were injured, including an eight-year-old girl, were freed from the wreckage by firefighters and Civil Protection personnel and transported to the Ángeles Hospital in Interlomas.

One of the victims was the driver of a Mini Cooper. The rear half of his car was crushed; he escaped without a scratch.

The construction company CICSA is the contractor for the project on behalf of the state government.

A report by the newspaper El Universal estimated that the weight of the excavator was approximately the same as 38 Nissan Tsuru cars. The machines can weigh anywhere between 37 and 86 tonnes.

Source: Milenio (sp), El Universal (sp)

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