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7 killed in landslide in central Mexico


08:21, May 28, 2013

MEXICO CITY, May 27 (Xinhua) -- At least seven people were killed on the Mexico-Queretaro highway in central Mexico, after a landslide buried several vehicles, the Federal Police confirmed Monday.

The landslide occurred in Tepeji del Rio municipality in the central state of Hidalgo, due to strong rain and hail on Sunday night.

Tons of soil and mud trapped at least five vehicle which were passing the highway at the moment of the landslide.

Those killed were three men and two women who were in a taxi, as well as one woman and one man in a red van.

Four other passengers of the red van were injured and taken to San Jose hospital in Naucalpan, state of Mexico.

People from Tepeji del Rio are trying to clean their homes, as the storm had damaged 150 houses.

Mexico's Federal Highway Police, the Ministry of Communications and Transporting, the Army and rescue teams from the state of Mexico and from Mexico City, were helping in the cleaning work and removing disaster rubble.

"This is a very important highway not only for Queretaro, but also it is one of the most important in the country and we are giving all the support," said Javier Oropeza from Highway Committee of Queretaro state.

Traffic towards Mexico City is still closed until the rubble is removed.

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