A gas tanker truck explosion has killed at least 19 people in a Mexico City suburb.
The pre-dawn blast on a highway in Ecatepec injured 36 people, and damaged 15 automobiles and 27 homes.
Officials said eight children were among the dead and warned the death toll could rise.
The truck apparently overturned, and authorities are investigating the cause of the accident. The driver reportedly survived the accident and was in a hospital receiving medical treatment and being questioned.
Bodies of victims of the explosion of a gas tanker truck are seen amidst the rubble of a destroyed house in San Pedro Xalostoc, on the outskirts of Mexico City, May 7, 2013.
Firefighters try to extinguish a fire caused by the explosion of a gas tanker truck in San Pedro Xalostoc, Mexico, May 7, 2013.
Stranded bus passengers near an area damaged by the tanker explosion, May 7, 2013.
Firefighters and rescue workers amidst the rubble of destroyed houses in San Pedro Xalostoc, May 7, 2013.
A burnt desk in a classroom near the site of the explosion, May 7, 2013
People wear face masks near the site of the tanker explosion in San Pedro Xalostoc, May 7, 2013.