Mexicali, Mexico City— On Friday, a bus carrying pilgrims to a religious site in central Mexico crashed, killing 19 people and injuring 32 others.
According to Mexican authorities, the bus appeared to have lost control and slammed into a building.
Six of the victims were airlifted to Toluca, the state capital, with serious injuries.
The accident occurred in the township of Joquicingo, southwest of Mexico City, according to Ricardo de la Cruz, the assistant state interior secretary.
On the way to Chalma, the bus was passing through Michoacan, a western state known for its pilgrimage sites.
Injured passengers’ conditions are unknown at this time. Dec. 12, the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, draws a large number of Mexicans on religious pilgrimages.
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Accidents are not uncommon because they frequently walk or bike on narrow roads or ride in aging buses.
Mexico State is bounded on three sides by Mexico City and includes both rural and urban areas.
This site was sacred in pre-Hispanic times and was conquered by Spanish explorers in 1521. Believers claim that after the arrival of the Spanish, across miraculously appeared in a cave dedicated to an Aztec god, making Chalma a Christian pilgrimage site.
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