At least 19 people were killed and scores more were wounded after a bus met a severe accident in central Mexico on Friday, according to local media reports.

The collision happened on a roadway near Joquicingo, a municipality in the Mexican state of Mexico that is roughly forty-five miles southwest of Mexico City.

According to a statement from the health ministry, the brakes of a tour bus traveling to a sacred site in Mexico failed. The vehicle then smashed into a structure.

As per the latest updates, at least 19 people were killed and 32 were wounded in the accident.

In addition to those airlifted to a Toluca hospital, additional patients were sent to a number of other hospitals in the area, authorities added. According to the Ministry of Health, several women and children were hurt, with injuries ranging from fractured bones to brain trauma.

The Emergency Service and the Red Cross were among the organizations that rushed to the accident scene.

Mexico’s governor, Alfredo Del Mazo, issued a statement on Twitter saying that the leaders of the health, rescue, security and civil Protection organizations have been directed to help the families affected by the disaster.

The bus was en route to the Santuario del Seor de Chalma, a Christian pilgrimage site, from Sahuayo, Michoacán, according to officials, who claimed it was operated by the Turismo Tejeda tourist firm.

Throughout preparation for the 12th of December, the day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, religious pilgrimages are frequent in Mexico.