April 28, 1997 in Nation/World

Bus Driver Flees After Crash Kills 7

Compiled From Wire Services

A bus carrying pilgrims to a religious shrine flipped over on a highway outside Mexico City early Sunday, killing at least seven people and injuring 36, the government news agency said.

Notimex reported that the bus was traveling at a high speed when it overturned near Cuernavaca, about 35 miles south of Mexico City. The bus driver fled the scene in a taxi and remains at large.

The passengers were traveling from Puebla state to a shrine in Morelos state. The shrine honors the Christ of Chalma, an image of Jesus Christ said to perform miracles.

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