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Posted: Monday, October 1, 2012 12:26 pm

MATAMOROS (AP) — Authorities in Mexico say a tractor-trailer has collided with a truck carrying members of three families, killing at least 16 people.

Sergio Sisbeles, security spokesman for the northern state of Coahuila, said Sunday that the accident occurred Saturday evening on a non-toll highway between the community of Viesca and Matamoros.

The spokesman says the people in the truck were from Matamoros and were traveling to a girl's traditional 15th birthday celebration in the rural community of Congregacion Hidalgo.

Sisbeles says a preliminary investigation shows that the tractor-trailer crossed into the opposite lane and collided with the truck. The driver of the big rig fled the scene of the accident.

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