The death toll after an Explosion at a gasoline pipeline in Mexico has risen to 73. 74 injured were treated in various hospitals, as the Governor of the state of Hidalgo, Omar Fayad, announced on Twitter.

24 people were in hospitals in Hidalgo, and a further 50 in other States and the capital Mexico city. It is currently trying to stabilize the health condition of the injured, according to Fayad.

In the vicinity of the Pipeline had been at the time of the Explosion on Friday, according to media reports, several Hundred people. On the fuel line in the city of Tlahuelilpan, about 80 kilometers North of Mexico city, had formed previously a leak, local residents approached to carry fuel in buckets or canisters.

54 of the dead were so badly burned that the identity of the bodies by means of DNA had to be found to Test, said the attorney General of the state of Hidalgo, Raúl Arroyo, in a press conference with Mexico’s President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The identification could take longer, Arroyo, there’s a lot of tissue of the corpses was burned. Search dogs were able to find at the scene of the accident, several intact corpses, nine of the dead had quickly been identified, the attorney General of the state of Hidalgo.

According to initial investigations it is possible that the Explosion was caused by the friction of the clothes of the people who had gathered around the leak, said Mexico state attorney General Alejandro Gertz Manero. From the line also Gas is in addition to gasoline. By the friction of synthetic materials, it could lead to electrical reactions, Gertz Manero – and static-charged clothing could have led to the ignition of the gas. “There was a lot of movement in a Zone full with Gas,” says Gertz Manero. Arrests or charges do not exist in connection with the incident so far.

In the investigation would not rule anything out, said President López Obrador. The truth about the backgrounds will be found out and punished those responsible, the left politicians. The strategy in the fight against the petrol-recover stolen will not be changed. “We will not give in.”

Since the end of December, the government has begun the distribution system, in the face of the massive increase in the number of Extraction-Try to change to petrol lines. Some of the Pipelines were closed, the Fuel is transported in trucks in guarded Tank. Many of the tank the waiting in the past few weeks, long queues and panic led spot purchases. Whether because of the petrol shortage, so many people wanted to use in Tlahuelilpan the supposed Chance on petrol, could not confirm.

dpa