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Valley City family injured in Mexico ferry explosion

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - A North Dakota family on vacation in Mexico had to be taken to a hospital after a ferry exploded.

It happened Wednesday, Feb. 21 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The explosion injured at least 25 people.

Among the people involved was Rebecca Lahlum and her 14-year-old son John Lahlum from Valley City, North Dakota. The family was waiting to board a ferry to Cozumel when another ferry next to them exploded.

"As a mom, my first instinct is to make sure my kids are okay. But after that we were able to help out a few others that had more serious injuries," Rebecca Lahlum said.

"We were on a pier, walking to our ferry to take a trip to Cozumel and the ferry on the right side exploded," John said, describing the crash. "There was glass and other metal pieces that flew out so there was a few scratches and bruises and stitches. It was just a really loud bang. So, we just got down because we were wondering if there was gonna be another one, or what was gonna happen."

The family suffered minor injuries. They were taken to a hospital for treatment and released.

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