THREE DEAD: relatives of Pope Francis die in traffic accident in Argentina
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
8/19/2014 (2 years ago)
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Three members of Pope Francis' extended family, including two young grand-nephews, have died in a traffic accident. The Pope's nephew, Horacio Bergoglio Emanuel was critically injured in crash. Emanuel's wife, Valeria Carmona, and their two children, eight-month-old Antonio and two-year-old Joseph perished in the crash.
According to newspaper accounts, the 38-year-old nephew of the Pope was driving the family's Chevrolet when he collided with an agricultural truck bearing corn in Cordoba.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to newspaper accounts, the 38-year-old Emanuel was driving the family's Chevrolet when he collided with an agricultural truck bearing corn in Cordoba.
Emanuel was driving shortly after midnight and rammed his Chevrolet Spin loaded at the truck traveling in the same direction of the highway. According to some witnesses, the truck was leaving a gas station and Bergoglio, who was driving at to the speed limit, was struck at the side.
Both the mother and two-year-old Joseph died instantly in the collision. Eight-month-old Antonio died at a nearby hospital.
Emanuel is the son of the Pope's late brother, Alberto Bergoglio. He remains in critical condition at a local hospital.
"He entered the hospital at 1 a.m., with multiple trauma, open fracture of the right humerus and liver injury, which was treated. He is on mechanical respiratory assistance," a hospital official said.
The driver of the truck, 60-year-old Paul Pombo was uninjured.
"The Pope was informed about the tragic accident. He is deeply pained," Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said.
Born in Argentina, the 77-year-old Pope Francis was archbishop of Buenos Aires Diocese, then cardinal of RCC in Argentina before his ascension to the papacy.
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