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Deadly truck explosion highlights concerns about Mexican truckers.

At least 28 people were killed and 130 injured on September 10 when a truck trailer laden with 25 metric tons of ammonium nitrate explosives crashed and sent a bright orange fireball along a two-lane highway north of Monclova, Mexico. "It was like a hurricane.... It just blew everyone over," said Daniel Terrazas, whose brother-in-law was among those killed in the tragic accident. "I walked among people without heads and hands while I looked for my family."

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The deadly accident came one day after President George Bush opened U.S. borders to Mexican truckers, as part of the ongoing integration process ushered in by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The administration describes the current controversial opening of the border as a one-year "pilot program" that will allow 100 approved Mexican trucking companies to make long hauls across the United States.

Melissa Delaney, a spokeswoman for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, said American citizens have no reason to fear a similar devastating incident occurring here because of trucks now arriving from Mexico. "No Mexican trucks in this long haul border program will be hauling anything defined as hazardous. Hazardous materials are prohibited in the demonstration project," she said.
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Title Annotation:Inside Track
Publication:The New American
Date:Oct 1, 2007
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