TLAHUELILPAN, Mexico (AP) — Forensic experts attempted to separate and count charred heaps of corpses in central Mexico on Saturday after a massive fireball erupted at an illegal pipeline tap, killing at least 66 people. More than 85 other people on Saturday were listed as missing as relatives of the deceased and onlookers gathered around the scene of carnage.
Just a few feet from where the pipeline passed through an alfalfa field, the dead seem to have fallen in heaps, perhaps as they stumbled over each other or tried to help one another in the moments after a geyser of gasoline shot into the air Friday.
The leak was caused by an illegal pipeline tap in the small town of Tlahuelilpan, about 62 miles (100 kilometers) north of Mexico City, according to state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex.
Video footage showed dozens of people in an almost festive atmosphere gathered in a field where a duct had been breached by fuel thieves. Footage then showed flames shooting high into the air against a night sky and the pipeline ablaze. Screaming people ran from the explosion, some themselves burning and waving their arms.
On Saturday, several of the dead lay on their backs, their arms stretched out in agony. Some seemed to have covered their chests in a last attempt to protect themselves from the flames; another few black-charred corpses seemed to embrace each other in death.
Lost shoes were scattered around the scorched field, as were plastic jugs and jerry cans that the victims had carried to gather spilling fuel.” End
Not stated above, but several billion dollars worth in gasoline is stolen yearly from the Pemex gas line. Most of the big losses are due to organized crime, but the locals seems to think they can help themselves too. Of course electricity, cable and even postal theft is rampant. So many sticky fingers in this country and these bad old habits are hard to break, even when allowed into the USA.
This is not to say there are not a lot of decent, honest, caring Mexican people, there are, it’s just that the good folks are being overwhelmed by crime and corruption. They are hopelessly stuck with widespread crime and corruption and we’re stuck with the socialist-democrats and that’s almost as bad.