Video footage shows the shock and destruction at an air in Chihuahua, Mexico, when a monster truck loses control at an air show in Chihuahua, Mexico, and kills 8. Witness Daniel Dominguez told the Associated Press that as he was watching the “Extreme Airshow” on Saturday, “the driver hit his head and his helmet flew off.” He adds, “the truck came directly at where we were.”
Carlos Gonzalez of the Chihuahua state prosecutor’s office confirms that the driver of the giant vehicle lost control after completing two car-crushing rounds in front of an audience of thousands. Mr. Gonzales isn’t sure what caused the driver to lose control but his team is investigating whether it may have been due to mechanical failure. Mr. Dominguez and other witnesses to the tragedy believe that accident was a consequence of driver injury.
The Extreme Airshow is an annual event in the northern Mexican city of Chihuahua, bringing in huge crowds excited to watch the controlled destruction. As you can see in the video, uploaded to YouTube by a luckily uninjured spectator, there is only one small section of fencing separating the makeshift area from the crowds. During the entire show, modified pick-up trucks with tires as tall as five feet accelerate mere inches away from where the crowds are standing and regularly stop directly behind the event’s host, situated in the middle of the arena.
After the driver hit his head and lost his helmet, his massive truck continued to accelerate past the crushed cars in the arena and drive directly into a thick portion of the crowd. At first, the audience suspected it was a stunt, however within seconds it clearly was a horrible mistake. Jesus Manuel Ibarra was very nearly hit by the out-of-control monster truck. He says “I fell over, and when I turned around I saw the tire very close. It hit me and threw me to the other side.” Mr. Ibarra was treated on-site for injuries to his arm and his hip.
Chihuahua city is located about 230 miles south of the Mexico-United States border and it is the capital of Chihuahua state. Officials on-site told reporters that the unnamed driver has been detained for questioning, but it is not known for certain whether Chihuahua is his home city. The name of the driver is not being released to the press or the public for legal reasons. Local media accounts do not agree on the number of injured spectators; as of Sunday 8 is the general consensus of the government and the media. Government officials have stated that at least three children are counted among the dead, including two girls and one boy. At least 79 people were admitted to hospital with related injuries and 33 have been released so far.
The following video captures the moments before, during and after the monster truck loses control and kills 8 in Mexico this weekend. The video was taken directly across the arena from the area the accident occurred.
Written by Mandy Gardner
Straits Times – Wayward monster truck kills 8, hurts dozens in Mexico