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Approaching semi loses brakes and explodes as it slams into toll booth killing at least two

Ixtapaluca, State of Mexico — At least two people were killed and seven injured after a semi slammed into a highway toll booth in the State of Mexico. The accident happened Wednesday afternoon along the Mexico-Puebla highway.

The semi, which was approaching in the far left lane, ran out of breaks and slammed into the San Marcos Huiztoco booth, crashing into several cars ahead of him. As he hit the booth, both his unit and the toll booth burst completely apart due to impact and speed.

The semi burst into pieces as it flew through the toll booth, landing on the other side

The semi then caught fire. At the scene, personnel from Urban Rescue and Federal Roads and Bridges arrived and worked to remove two people trapped inside their cars.

A partial closure of the highway in both directions was announced due to the magnitude of the crash. Ambulances, firefighters and police also arrived. The injured were transferred to nearby hospitals.

The two known killed at the time was a toll booth cashier and security guard. At least four of the injured were airlifted by Grupo Relámpagos to hospitals in Mexico City. There was no word on the condition of the driver of the semi.

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