A man stands next to the destroyed vehicle of Emanuel Bergoglio, nephew of Pope Francis, after an accident in Cordoba, Argentina, on Aug. 19, 2014. Emanuel Bergoglio, nephew of Pope Francis, suffered on Tuesday severe wounds, while his wife and his two sons of eight months and two years died when the car in which they traveled crashed in the Argentine province of Cordoba. (Xinhua/TELAM)
BUENOS AIRES, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- Three relatives of Pope Francis were killed after their car clashed with a truck on a provincial road in central Argentina early Tuesday, local media reported.
The accident took place shortly after midnight in Argentina's central province of Cordoba, when the car, driven by Emanuel Bergoglio, a son of the pope's late brother, slammed into the back of the grain-carrying truck.
Bergoglio, aged 38, was seriously injured, but his wife and two sons, respectively eight months and two years old, who were sitting on the backseat, died, according to the reports.
The family was reported to be returning to Buenos Aires following a holiday weekend, and the circumstances surrounding the crash were under investigation.
Pope Francis was born in Buenos Aires, and his birth name is Jorge Mario Bergoglio. He is the first pope from the Americas and the first non-European pope.