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As Americans debate NAFTA agreement on safety of Mexican trucks, 28 die in truck explosion in Mexico

Sunday’s explosion, just a few hours’ drive from the Texas border, comes amid an angry debate in the United States over the safety of Mexican trucks, some of which are now being allowed to carry cargo throughout the U.S. Over the opposition of some Americans, a new North American Free Trade Agreement program begun over the weekend lets Mexican trucks that have received prior approval cross the border and drive anywhere in the U.S. Previously, Mexican trucks were limited to a 25-mile band along the border. But Randy Grider, editor of Truckers News magazine, noted Mexican trucks loaded with hazardous materials are not included in the new program. “I think it would be a very long time before the border would open to hazardous loads,” he said.

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