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1. Crater left by the explosion, people around it
2. Various of nearby house destroyed
3. Destroyed road signs lying on ground
4. Close up of a childs toy amongst the rubble
5. Close up shoe on ground
6. Wide of the crater
8. Women at funeral service
9. Close of coffin, hat and picture of the deceased on top
10. Relatives sitting outside
11. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Fernando Reyes, relative of person killed during explosion:
"Supposedly the truck's driver stepped out shouting that the truck was loaded with explosives, but the people didn't listen or didn't pay attention to it, the result is that lots of people get closer to the site and unfortunately this tragedy took place."
12. Wide funeral of another victim
13. Exterior of church
14. Coffin of victim being carried by relatives
15. Mother of victim crying
Residents from Monclova and nearby towns began to bury their love ones on Tuesday, after a truck carrying 25 tons of an ammonium nitrate-based explosive collided with another vehicle in northern Mexico and later exploded, killing at least 28 people and injuring 154 others, two days ago.
A childs toy and a shoe still lying on the floor near the site of the explosion showed the extent of the human tragedy that hit this town of Nadadores, 30 kilometres (18.6 miles) away from Monclova in the state of Coahuila.
The accident was apparently made more deadly due to a lag of at least a half hour between the crash and the explosion, and the fact that many of those who responded to the scene may not have known that the truck was carrying explosive materials used in mining.
However, a relative of one of the victims told Ap television that the driver of the truck had apparently tried to warn others that the vehicle was packed with explosives.
"Supposedly the truck's driver stepped out shouting that the truck was loaded with explosives, but the people didn't listen or didn't pay attention to it, the result is that lots of people get closer to the site and unfortunately this tragedy took place," Fernando Reyes said.
Authorities had earlier placed the death toll at 34, but the governor of Coahuila state, said only 28 bodies had been officially recovered.
Authorities earlier acknowledged that some bodies, difficult to identify, had been counted twice.
Local authorities said 67 homes and about 50 vehicles were damaged by the blast.
Health authorities in the nearby city of Monclova reported that 154 people had been injured in the crash and ensuing blast, and 52 people remained hospitalised Monday night.
Authorities said the vehicle and a pickup truck smashed into each other on Sunday evening on the busy highway, drawing onlookers and a small army of police, soldiers, emergency officials and journalists.
The wreckage then caught fire and the truck's cargo, an ammonium nitrate-fuel oil mixture of the same type used in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, blew up, sending a ball of fire into the sky that consumed nearby
cars and left a 3-by-15-meter (10-by-40 foot) hole.
Federal officials said they did not know what caused the initial crash.
The local police director, said the majority of those killed and injured were families returning home after spending Sunday at nearby swimming pools.
The truck had picked up 25 tons of ammonium nitrate from an Orica Ltd. explosives plant in Monclova and was heading to a mine in the southwestern state of Colima, said a federal police official.
He did not say which one.
Officials at Orica's offices in Monclova did not return a message from The Associated Press seeking comment.
The Australia-based company is the world's largest explosives maker, with operations in 50 countries.
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