MEXICO CITY : Seven more people were confirmed dead after a truck plowed into a crowd of pilgrims in north-central Mexico, raising the death toll to 23, authorities said Thursday. The truck apparently lost its brakes before slamming into a religious procession in the state of Zacatecas on Wednesday. Officials had previously reported 16 deaths and 30 injuries. Some 200 people were taking part in a religious procession on the main street of the town of Mazapil in Zacatecas state when the truck ran into them in the late afternoon, officials said.

The dump truck “was apparently left without brakes and struck the crowd,” which was heading to a Catholic church, an official in the state’s civil protection agency told AFP. In a statement, the state government’s secretary general, Jaime Santoyo Castro, said 16 people died and 30 more were injured. The truck driver fled the scene of the tragedy, according to the civil protection official.