Truck carrying Takata airbag-detonators explodes: 1 killed, 10 houses damaged

<B>HUGE EXPLOSION:</B> Deadly Takata airbags strike again this time killing one woman and damaging many houses in a horror explosion. <I>Image: AP / Shizuo Kambayashi</I>
<B>HUGE EXPLOSION:</B> Deadly Takata airbags strike again this time killing one woman and damaging many houses in a horror explosion. <I>Image: AP / Shizuo Kambayashi</I>
Shizuo Kambayashi

UPDATE: We've included comments from Takata and the sheriff of Maverick County, Texas.

Del Rio, Texas - A woman was killed when a truck, loaded with Takata airbag detonators caught fire and exploded in front of her house. Many other houses in the area were damaged in the blast.

Conexion Del Rio reports that 69-year-old Lucila Robles was killed in the blast. She was identified by through dental records. Robles worked at the Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio.

Home alone

The truck was en route to the Takata factory in Eagle Pass, Texas when it went off the road. Conexion Del Rio reports that the blast from the explosion damaged ten nearby homes.

Tom Schmerber, the sheriff of Maverick County, Texas said: "It created a big crater.

"It burned and killed a woman in a house nine metres away. Her body was completely disintegrated, but they did manage to find two teeth so they could identify her." 

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The driver of the truck, 20-year-old Mario Alberto Rodrigues, along with his passenger, were injured though managed to escape from the truck before it exploded. 

Takata responds

Tokyo-based Takata - hammered by a defect in its airbag inflators linked to at least 15 deaths and scores of injuries globally - denied the accident was related to the problem part.

A company spokeswoman said: "We don't think the accident has anything to do with the defect," adding that it appeared the supply truck was in a road accident that caused a fire and then the deadly explosion.

In a statement, the company said: "Takata has strict safety procedures relating to the transportation of its products that meet or exceed all regulatory requirements.

"Our thoughts are with the family of the woman who died as a result of this accident."

You can read the full article on Conexion Del Rio here.

READ: Takata exploding airbags - 2 more deaths reported

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