Mexico: Death in the Fast Lane

Death in the Fast Lane

In a race to beat the morning rush hour, a bus filled with at least 70 workers and schoolchildren, some as young as twelve, was speeding toward Mexico City along the Tlahuac-Chalco highway. Suddenly the driver lost control in a dense patch of fog. The bus lurched off the shoulder, flipped over and plunged into a muddy, 9-ft.-deep corner of Lake Xico, a sewage-fouled lagoon. Rescue workers freed nine survivors (one later died) and recovered 39 bodies within a few hours. About 20 passengers escaped, but another 20 or so were presumed dead inside the bus.

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