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AT least 10 people died after two oil platforms crashed into each other in high winds in the Gulf of Mexico, causing a gas leak that forced the evacuation of all workers in the area.

"Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) announces the death of 10 workers ... on board the Usumacinta platform,'' the company said.

The accident occurred late on Tuesday amid high winds and heavy seas when the two platforms crashed into each other.

"Due to wind gusts of up to 130km/h and waves of 6m-8m ... the Usumacinta drilling platform struck the valve train of Kab-101 platform,'' Pemex said.

"Weather conditions in the are have made it impossible to reach an emergency life boat that has already been spotted and which we presume could be carrying the staff that was working on the platforms,'' it said.

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