Gas tanker truck explosion in Mexico kills at least 18, injures more than 36 near Mexico City

(CNN) -- A speeding tanker truck carrying gas crashed and exploded in a huge fireball along a highway near Mexico City Tuesday, killing at least 18 people and injuring 36 more, a local government official said.

Salvador Neme, the secretary for citizen security in Mexico state, said two of the victims were children.

Flames engulfed cars and houses near the explosion, video from CNN affiliate Foro TV showed.

According to initial reports from police, the tanker was speeding and the driver lost control, crashing into several homes and cars before exploding, Mexico's state-run Notimex news agency reported.

At least 20 homes were damaged and 15 vehicles burned, Neme said.

The blast occurred in the municipality of Ecatepec, in the state of Mexico.

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