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43 remain hospitalized in Mexico after deadly truck crash

July 31, 2015
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Debris lies on the ground and a makeshift cross stands on the site where a truck slammed into a a religious procession in the town of Mazapil, Mexico, Thursday July 30, 2015. Dozens were killed and hundreds injured after the truck, which officials said was loaded with building materials, apparently lost its brakes and ran into the crowd that was celebrating the festival of its patron, Jesus Nazareno, with a procession to the church. (AP Photo)
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Debris lies on the ground and a makeshift cross stands on the site where a truck slammed into a a religious procession in the town of Mazapil, Mexico, Thursday July 30, 2015. Dozens were killed and hundreds injured after the truck, which officials said was loaded with building materials, apparently lost its brakes and ran into the crowd that was celebrating the festival of its patron, Jesus Nazareno, with a procession to the church. (AP Photo)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities say 43 people remain hospitalized two days after a runaway truck plowed into a procession of Roman Catholic celebrants, killing 27 people in central Mexico.

The country’s Health Department reports that 10 of the injured are in serious condition and one is considered critical. The rest are stable.

Pope Francis sent a note of condolences Friday to the families of the victims that was distributed by the Mexican Bishops’ Conference.

The town of Mazapil in Zacatecas state was celebrating the festival of its patron, Jesus Nazareno, with a procession down a main street Wednesday night.

Authorities say the truck’s brakes failed and it slammed into the crowd.

Investigators have been searching for the driver, who apparently fled the scene of the crash.

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