January 21, 2019 / 3:30 AM / 4 months ago

Death toll from Mexico pipeline blast rises to 85 - health minister

Alicia Moreno (C), wife of late Cesar Jimenez Brito, 40, who died during the explosion of a fuel pipeline ruptured by oil thieves, cries over his coffin during his funeral service at the cemetery in the municipality of Tlahuelilpan, state of Hidalgo, Mexico January 20, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Romero

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The number of people who died from a gasoline pipeline explosion in central Mexico has risen to 85, Mexico’s health minister said on Sunday.

An additional 58 people were hospitalized, Health Minister Jorge Alcocer told a news conference. The explosion took place on Friday, when about 800 people in Hidalgo state’s Tlahuelilpan district were collecting fuel from a leak at a major pipeline.

Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon; Editing by Peter Cooney

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