It was unclear if the explosive truck’s driver was among the dead. Early reports said he might have fled. Coahuila state has a large mining industry, most of it in coal. The explosion raised further questions about the safety of Mexican trucks. This weekend, Mexico began sending its first tractor-trailers across U.S. territory under a long-delayed, NAFTA-mandated program. Before, Mexican trucks were limited to a zone along the border. Many in the U.S. fought the change, arguing that Mexican trucks are unsafe. But Randy Grider, editor of Truckers News magazine, said Mexican trucks with hazardous materials aren’t included in the new program. “I think it would be a very long time before the border would open to hazardous loads,” he said. The truck that exploded in Coahuila did not appear to be headed for the U.S. It had recently left an Orica explosives plant and was headed west to Coquimatlan, Colima, a federal police officer who was not authorized to give his name told The Associated Press by phone. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Shortly after the crowd arrived, the wreckage caught fire, and the dynamite exploded, sending a ball of fire into the sky that consumed nearby cars and left a 10-by- 40-foot crater in the concrete, said Maximo Alberto Neri Lopez, a federal police official. He said more than 150 people were injured. The force of the explosion blew out the windows of a passenger bus a quarter-mile away. The dead included three newspaper reporters from the nearby city of Monclova, said Luis Horacio de Hoyos of the Coahuila state Attorney General’s Office. By Juan Montano THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico – A dynamite-laden truck exploded after colliding with another vehicle on a busy highway in northern Mexico’s coal country, killing at least 34 people, including three reporters at the scene, state and federal officials said. Authorities said the two vehicles crashed into each other Sunday evening, drawing a crowd of curious onlookers as well as a small army of police, soldiers, emergency officials and journalists.
AN estimated 3,000 people in Co Donegal are still waiting on their medical cards as the Government finally admitted that tens of thousands of others throughout the country are also waiting for their cards to be issued.The figure for this county – given to us by a HSE insider – comes as many people who need them urgently are forced to pay for expensive medicines while they wait for their applications and renewals to be processed.One Donegal mother of three told us how she and her husband and one child had their cards renewed – only to be told two of her children’s applications had never been received. This is despite the fact all five renewal forms were posted in the same envelope.“This has meant that I’ve had to pay for medicines for one of my sons and we’ve had to borrow money to pay for it,” said the mother.“We ring almost every day to complain. We’ve re-applied but they don’t seem to respond. It is driving us slowly mad.”The Fianna Fáil health spokesperson Billy Kelleher has said the delay in issuing medical cards is having a devastating impact for patients throughout the country. A new centralised system for issuing and renewing medical cards has resulted in long delays for patients around the country.“Let the ones that are obvious through the system so people can continue with their treatment and their lives,” said Deputy Kelleher“I don’t think we can start blaming processes for what seems to me to be an accounting exercise that is having a devastating impact on people’s lives.”© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com3,000 DONEGAL PEOPLE STILL WAITING ON MEDICAL CARDS was last modified: January 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegaldonegaldaily newsmedical card delays