Landslide buries at least 40 on Mexican road

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July 5, 2007 06:01

 
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Rescue crews pulled a dead body from a crumbling hillside that buried a bus carrying at least 40 passengers on a mountainous road in central Mexico. Using heavy machinery, about 500 soldiers and rescue workers dug through tons of rock and dirt on a winding road near the town of Eloxochitlan in the state of Puebla, where heavy rains triggered the landslide, said German Garcia, operations director for the state civil protection department. As night fell, a crew unearthed the body of a dead female, but she was not immediately identified, Garcia said. The bus, carrying between 40 and 60 people, was headed to the nearby town of Tehuacan on Wednesday morning when the side of a mountain gave way, Garcia said. He said it was impossible to know the exact number of passengers on board because the bus made stops along the way.

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