Three arrested in deadly Mexico City hospital blast

A truck was supplying gas to the hospital when apparently a hose burst and the resulting leak caused an explosion.
A truck was supplying gas to the hospital when apparently a hose burst and the resulting leak caused an explosion.

By Catherine E. Shoichet, Mariano Castillo and Rafael Romo / CNN

A gas truck driver and two assistants were arrested Friday in connection with a deadly gas explosion that leveled part of a maternity hospital in Mexico City, killing at least three people and injuring dozens, authorities said.

The blast occurred at about 7 a.m. Thursday with more than 100 people inside Cuajimalpa Maternal Hospital — minutes after a hose burst on a truck supplying gas to the building.

Rescuers rushed from the rubble with babies in their arms. Paramedics hauled bloodied victims on stretchers.

The truck operator was identified as Julio César Martínez and his two assistants as Carlos Chavez and Salvador Alatorre, according to Rodolfo Rios Garza, a local attorney. The charges against them were not immediately available.

Two of the men in custody are hospitalized, and a third, with less serious injuries, was checked at a hospital.

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/30/world/mexico-explosion/

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