World

Death toll hits 23 after truck loses brakes, slams into religious procession in Mexico town

  • 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)

    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)  (The Associated Press)

  • Workers collect debris next to a blood-stained wall, 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)

    Workers collect debris next to a blood-stained wall, 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)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities have raised the death toll to 23 in a central Mexico town where a truck lost control and slammed into a religious procession.

A Public Safety Department official for the state of Zacatecas confirms the number of dead and says 35 were injured, some of them gravely.

The official was not authorized to be quoted by name and spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity.

The crash happened Wednesday in the town of Mazapil, Zacatecas state.

The truck was loaded with building materials when it apparently lost its brakes and ran into the Roman Catholic procession along a main street.

Such processions are common in Mexico to celebrate a saint's day or special religious occasion. They often walk along roads to local shrines.