Head-on collision kills 16 in northern Mexico

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 06, 2012 7:13 PM
Head-on collision kills 16 in northern Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Sixteen people died Monday in the northern Mexican state of Sonora when a tractor-trailer collided head-on with a pickup truck filled with passengers, an official with the state government said.

The collision occurred on the Caborca-Sonoyta state highway when the Ford pickup truck crossed into oncoming traffic, crashing into the Kenworth tractor-trailer. Upon impact, the pickup truck burst into flames, killing 14 people inside the vehicle, according to Sandra Hurtado, a spokeswoman with the Sonora state police.

Two others in the tractor-trailer were killed, including a 10-year-old boy.

A man, woman and two children with serious injuries were sent to the Caborca General Hospital for treatment.

(Reporting By David Alire Garcia; Editing by Stacey Joyce)