August 23, 2013 – Mexico Ammonia Gas Leak Death Toll Rises to Nine: Mexican state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos said Thursday the death toll from an ammonia gas pipeline leak in the southern state of Oaxaca has risen to nine.
“State authorities confirm that the number of fatalities in Oaxaca from the ammonia leak at a pipeline has climbed to nine,” Pemex said on Twitter.
Tuesday’s accident occurred when heavy machinery used by a private company for road work damaged the conduit, the company said in another message.
Pemex said initially Wednesday that three people were killed and then later in the day raised the death toll to seven.
The leak in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec region also poisoned 40 people, several of whom had to be hospitalized, according to Pemex.
After the accident, technicians shut off the valves and halted the flow of gas in the pipeline, which connects the Salina Cruz refinery in Oaxaca with the Cosoleacaque petrochemical complex in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.
Oaxaca’s emergency management director, Manuel Maza, said Wednesday that more than 1,000 people living near the site of the accident had been evacuated. (Credits – Global Post).
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