Three people were killed and seven others injured when a tanker truck carrying 25,000 liters (6,604 gallons) of diesel fuel plowed into a block of houses in this southern Mexican city, authorities said Friday.

The truck driver lost control of his vehicle while traveling on a busy road that circles Villahermosa, capital of Tabasco state.

Three people who were inside one of the seven homes damaged by the truck died of burns and smoke inhalation, Tabasco Gov. Andres Granier told the media.

The truck driver apparently fled after the accident and his whereabouts are unknown.

Police evacuated residents and cordoned off the accident scene because the spilled fuel poses the risk of another explosion, Granier said.

"The danger has not yet passed," the governor said.