Crash survivor killed by car on thank-you pilgrimage

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A Spanish man making a pilgrimage to thank the "Virgin of Miracles" for his survival in a road crash was killed along with two aunts when a car hit them, an official said Monday.

The 40-year-old truck driver was among a group of half a dozen pilgrims walking from his northwestern hometown of Ordes to Caion, about 30 kilometres (20 miles) away, said a spokeswoman for the mayor's office in Ordes.

"He survived a road accident last year and they were going to thank the 'Virgin of Miracles' of Caion," the spokeswoman said.

"He did not even manage to walk one kilometre and was still in Ordes," she said.

The car struck the group of pilgrims Saturday morning, killing the truckdriver and his two aunts, aged 49 and 59.

Traffic officials said they suspect the driver of the car that struck the pilgrims fell asleep at the wheel.

© 2011 AFP

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