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A bus carrying Catholic pilgrims in Mexico collided with a tractor-trailer Wednesday, killing at least 21 people and injuring many more, according to local authorities.
The collision took place between the cities of Puebla and Orizaba around 10 a.m. local time, according to The New York Times.
The bus was traveling to Chiapas from Mexico City when the crash with the tractor-trailer occurred, causing the bus to flip over and catch on fire.
The passengers on the bus were pilgrims from a Roman Catholic archdiocese in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico.
They were returning from a pilgrimage to the popular Mexican shrine the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City, according to a Facebook post from a parish in the archdiocese in Chiapas.
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At least 20 dead and dozens injured after a bus collided with a trailer truck past 10am today, high over the Sierra Madre, between the cities of Puebla and Orizaba. It is believed they all are catholic pilgrims from the state of Chiapas. pic.twitter.com/FVbofIqlyD
— Mexico Times Co News (@MexicoTimes) May 29, 2019
Enrique Silva Solís, a spokesman for the Veracruz Secretariat for Civil Protection, said at least 19 of these passengers were killed in the collision while two people in the truck were killed, The Times reported.
Injured persons were transported to Río Blanco Regional Hospital in Veracruz.
At least 23 Catholic pilgrims were killed when a bus hit a cargo truck and erupted in flames in southeast Mexico https://t.co/8KUjlYfUVE pic.twitter.com/KdZP0Za3Zg
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) May 30, 2019
Solís said state officials are still investigating the cause of the collision, as conflicting reports emerged as to which vehicle’s failed brakes caused the accident.
El accidente en la autopista #Puebla–#Veracruz arrojó, hasta el momento,22 muertos y 31 lesionados al impactarse un tráiler y un autobús de pasajeros, a la altura de #Maltrata https://t.co/h3LyZZTqMGpic.twitter.com/pkUUwlBAfq
— Mediatik Noticias (@mediatiknoticia) May 29, 2019
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