Gas Blast at Mexico City Children’s Hospital, Dozens Hurt

A gas tank truck exploded outside a maternity and children’s hospital in Mexico City on Thursday, collapsing much of it. At least one person was reported dead and dozens injured. Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera told MVS radio that the body of a woman was found inside the hospital. He earlier told the Televisa network that at least 54 people were injured, 22 of them children. The explosion sent a column of smoke billowing over the area in western Mexico City and television images showed much of the hospital in ruins.

Borough chief Adrian Rubalcava said the injured were being taken to a nearby hospital, but the area had insufficient ambulances. Rubalcaba said, “the most worrisome is the collapse of a large part of the hospital.”

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