A gas tank truck blew up outside a children’s hospital in Mexico City on Thursday, killing at least four people and injuring dozens, including 22 children, as the building partly collapsed.
Rescuers with dogs searched the rubbles of the Maternity and Children’s Hospital in the Cuajimalpa borough forpersons who were trapped following the blast, as reported by civil protection chief Fausto Lugo.
“We never imagined that something like this could happen. I’m shocked,” said a 40-year-old anesthesiologist who arrived for his shift at 8:00 am, about an hour after the natural gas truck blew up outside the hospital. He refused to give his name.
The president of the Cuajimalpa borough, Adrian Rubalcava,reported that four babies and three adults had died, but city and federal officials put the death toll at four people so far.
Two men and a woman are among the dead. No more details were immediately available about the fourth victim.
Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said 58 people were transferred to other hospitals, many for cuts resulting from shattered glass. The Red Cross reported that nine babies were taken to three hospitals in the capital.
Around 40 percent of the hospital was destroyed after the occurence, officials said. The newborn emergency care area was among those hit, Rubalcava said.