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19 people killed, 32 injured in religious pilgrimage bus crash in Mexico

Nineteen people died and dozens were injured after a bus carrying people to a religious site in Mexico crashed into a house.

Friday’s crash is believed to have occurred after the bus’s brakes failed, causing it to crash into a building, local media reported.

The bus was on a highway in the township of Joquicingo, Mexico state, about 75 km from Mexico City, when it crashed.

At least 10 ambulances attended the scene, with several passengers airlifted to hospital, CNN reported.

“At the moment, 19 people died and 32 injured are being reported and it will be the office of the Attorney General of the State of Mexico, which will confirm the number of deaths,” the State Department of Health said in a report. communicated.

(REUTERS)

“The injured were transferred to hospitals in Malinalco, Toluca, Tenango del Valle, among others, with the support of the Civil Protection of different municipalities, SUEM and the Red Cross.

The state confirmed that a child under the age of four was among the injured who were taken to nearby hospitals.

The bus traveled from the western state of Michoacan to Chalma, a town visited by Roman Catholic pilgrims for centuries.

There was no immediate information on the condition of the injured passengers. Many Mexicans go on a religious pilgrimage in the run-up to December 12, the day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Because they often walk or cycle on narrow roads or travel in aging buses, accidents are not uncommon.

The State of Mexico borders Mexico City on three sides and includes both isolated rural villages and overcrowded suburbs of the capital.

Chalma was a sacred site in pre-Hispanic times before the conquest of 1521. After the arrival of the Spaniards, believers say, a cross miraculously appeared in a cave that had been dedicated to an Aztec god, making Chalma a place of Christian pilgrimage.

With additional reporting from Associated Press


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