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Audits finds $58 million in overpayments on Mexico highway

FILE - In this July 12, 2017 file photo, rescue workers use a crane to lift a vehicle that drove into a sinkhole on a highway in Cuernavaca, Mexico, where a father and son were killed when the deep sinkhole swallowed their in the morning. The highway just south of Mexico City has become a symbol of government corruption and ineptitude after an aging storm drain collapsed and washed away earth under the highway. (AP Photo/Tony Rivera, File)
September 12, 2017 - 12:33 PM

MEXICO CITY - An audit has found about $58 million in improper payments and contract irregularities in a highway expansion project that collapsed in central Mexico in July, killing two people.

The federal comptroller's office said contracts were improperly awarded, supervised and carried out.

Contractors were paid too much, or paid for work they didn't complete on schedule.

The highway just south of Mexico City became a symbol of government corruption and ineptitude after an aging storm drain collapsed and washed away earth under the highway.

A sinkhole spanning two lanes opened up and a car was swallowed by it, killing both occupants.

Residents had warned authorities weeks before about the drain.

Experts said the drain should have been replaced when the highway was widened earlier this year.

News from © The Associated Press, 2017
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