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35 bodies found in Mexican roadway during rush hour

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • The bodies were found near a shopping mall in Veracruz state
  • The state prosecutor says trucks carrying the bodies were abandoned in rush-hour traffic

(CNN) -- At least 35 human bodies were found in a roadway during rush-hour traffic in the Mexican coastal state of Veracruz Tuesday, the state attorney general said.

Police in the eastern state found two trucks carrying the bodies near a shopping mall in the municipality of Boca del Rio, Attorney General Reynaldo Escobar Perez told

Seven of the dead had been identified by Tuesday evening. A government database indicated that they had criminal backgrounds including extortion, homicide and drug trafficking, he said.

After blocking traffic, the two trucks were abandoned in the middle of the road. Their gates were left open, allowing bodies to fall out. contributed to this report.