A monster truck rams into spectators during an air show on the outskirts of Chihuahua.
The driver appeared to lose control of the truck after leaping over a pile of cars it was crushing during a demonstration at the ‘Extreme Aeroshow’ in Chihuahua on Saturday.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: Sunday, October 6, 2013, 7:52 AM
Carlos Gonzalez, spokesman for the Chihuahua state prosecutors’ office, said the driver appeared to have lost control of the truck after leaping over a pile of cars it was crushing during a demonstration at the “Extreme Aeroshow” on Saturday.
Spectators react after a monster truck rammed the stand where they were watching the air show.
Some witnesses said the driver appeared to have hit his head on the interior of the truck as he drove over the old cars, with at least two reporting seeing his helmet come off before the massive vehicle drove into the crowd of terrified spectators, who tried to flee.
“I fell over, and when I turned around I saw the tire very close. It hit me and threw me to the other side,” Jesus Manuel Ibarra, 41, said as he was treated for injuries to his arm and hip.
Wounded people are assisted at the site where a monster truck hit a grandstand full of spectators.
Gonzalez said the accident killed at least one child and hurt 80 people, 46 of whom remained hospitalized early Sunday. He said the number of dead and injured could rise as officials received updated information Sunday morning. The local health system listed the names of 67 injured people on its Facebook page, calling urgently for blood donations and help from local doctors and nurses.
Spectators flee the scene where a monster truck hit a grandstand full of spectators, killing eight.
Gonzalez said prosecutors were looking into the possibility of a mechanical failure that left the driver unable to release the gas pedal. Several witnesses said, however, that the driver appeared to have become incapacitated when he struck his head during the show, in which the truck drives at high speed over smaller cars, leaping into the air as it crushes their roofs.
Spectator Daniel Dominguez, 18, said he was happily watching the show with a group of relatives when the truck came down hard in the middle of the cars.
Spectators react after a monster truck rammed the stand where they were watching a monster truck rally show at El Rejon park, on the outskirts of Chihuahua, on Saturday.
“The driver hit his head and his helmet flew off,” Dominguez said. “The truck came directly at where we were.”
His 11-year-old sister was in surgery for injuries to her legs, and his mother was treated for minor contusions.
At least eight people died and 80 more were injured at the air show.
The air show was canceled after the accident that happened during the second day of the three-day show in a park on the outskirts of Chihuahua, the capital of Chihuahua state.