Veracruz Bus Accident: Crash In Mexican State Leaves 36 Dead; Enrique Peña Nieto Sends 'Deepest Condolences'

Forensic staff and red cross members inspect a bus after a crash on a highway near Juan Rodriguez Clara town, in Veracruz state, April 13, 2014. At least 33 people were killed and four injured on Sunday when a bus crashed into the back of a truck in eastern Mexico and caught fire, the government of the state of Veracruz said. Reuters

A bus crash in the Mexican state of Veracruz has left 36 people dead and several injured after a fire engulfed the vehicles involved in the crash. The Federal Bridges and Tunnels Commission released a statement at midnight on Sunday morning revealing that the accident occurred at the 134th kilometre (83rd mile) on the Tinaja-Cosoleacaque highway in the state of Veracruz. A five axel truck broke down in the middle of the highway, causing the pile up.

Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico's president, expressed his remorse on Twitter saying "I send my deepest condolences to the families of those that lost their lives in the highway accident in Veracruz. Elements of the Federal Police are supporting local authorities in giving attention to the accident," wrote the Mexican leader. Meanwhile the country's Secretary of Communication and Transport, Gerardo Ruiz Esparza also lamented the accident: "My deepest condolences to the families of the people who passed away in this accident," wrote the government official.

The statement from the Federal Bridges and Tunnels Commission (Capufe) revealed that "at the moment of the collision, two vehicles were engulfed in flames, resulting in 34 deaths and four injuries that were taken to the Metropolitan Hospital of Acayucan. Capufe regrets deeply the losss of unman lices and reiterates to its users the necessity of taking the necessary precautions when driving on the highways." Support and grief has spread across social media.

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Oscar Lopez is a Brooklyn-based writer. Originally from Mexico, Oscar moved with his family to Australia in 2000. Graduating from the University of Melbourne in 2011 with a BA (Honors) Oscar was awarded the Keith Macartney Scholarship for the Arts, the Louise Homfrey Award and the Hannah Barry Memorial Award. As well as reporting for Latin Times, Oscar's writng has been featured in Newsweek, New York Magazine ( and Musee Magazine.