Bus Crash Kills 23 Pilgrims Going To El Salvador Ceremony

A bus carrying pilgrims to a religious ceremony plunged into a gully near the Salvadoran capital, killing 23 people and injuring 30, authorities said Sunday.

About 60 Roman Catholic pilgrims were heading from Sonsonante, 30 miles west of San Salvador, to the village of Zaragoza, 15 miles southwest of the capital, on Saturday night when a front tire of the bus went flat.

The speeding bus lost control and plunged into a gully 16 feet deep, said Carlos Lopez Mendoza, Red Cross spokesman.

Seventeen people died at the scene, and six died in hospitals. The dead included children as young as 3, he said.

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