Nine Mexican navy service members died when the military vehicle in which they were riding overturned in the central state of San Luis Potosi, the Navy Secretariat said in a statement.

The accident occurred at around 5:00 p.m. Friday on the Matehuala-San Luis Potosi highway, the secretariat said.

It said it "deeply regrets the deaths of nine of its personnel and shares the sadness of their family members," who are legally entitled to financial assistance.

Twelve navy service members who were injured in the accident "have already been taken to the General Military Hospital of San Luis Potosi for immediate care," the statement said. EFE