At least two people have died and another 12 have been injured after being run over by a truck on the Mexico-Puebla highway, near the Virgen de Chalco, State of Mexico, on Monday afternoon, according to the Secretariat of Citizen Security of Mexico City. The victims belonged to a caravan of pilgrims who had come to the capital to visit the Basilica of Guadalupe, which this Tuesday commemorates the day of the Virgin, a celebration that attracts thousands of faithful each year. They were hit by the vehicle when they were returning to the community where they lived, San Sebastián Villanueva, in the State of Puebla.
The driver of the vehicle that hit the pilgrims tried to escape, but was detained thanks to the collaboration of the rest of the cars present on the highway and is now under the disposal of the National Guard. The first reports from the local press, which cite witnesses to the accident, claim that the driver was allegedly under the influence of alcohol. Beer cans were found inside the truck, and some people present at the scene claim that he was drinking while driving.
At least three of the people hit by cars are in serious condition and have already been transferred to the Belisario Domínguez, Xoco and Balbuena hospitals, according to the Nmas network. Authorities cut off traffic while treating the victims, but traffic has already been restored. Thousands of people are expected to come to the city this Tuesday in pilgrimage for the celebrations of Our Lady of Guadalupe, one of the most important dates in the Christian calendar in Mexico.
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