A gas tanker explosion along a Mexican highway killed at least a dozen people on Monday, according to reports.
The massive blast shook the busy Guadalajara-Tepic highway shortly before 11 a.m., sending motorists scrambling from their cars for safety, the Spanish-language newspaper El Universal said in a report.
Dramatic video posted on Twitter shows motorists leaving their cars and walking towards what appears to be a collision on the road ahead — only to scramble for their lives in the other direction when a burst of fire and smoke erupts in front of them.
Authorities said the explosion was caused by a tanker truck lugging natural gas that crashed into three other vehicles, bursting into flames, according to Mexico’s Milenio newspaper.
At least five people were killed in a pickup truck at the scene, three others while inside a Honda car, and three others in an unidentified vehicle.
Police had not found the body of the truck driver, the paper said.
Initial reports listed six dead in the crash but the number was later doubled by security officials in the Mexican state of Narayit, Universal said.
The National Guard closed the roadway after the fatal mishap, while authorities released photos of the aftermath of the blast, the Mexican news company Debate said in a report