A monster truck hit a crowd and killed eight people in Mexico this week, leading people around the world to ask whether there was a lack of safety measures taken at the event, or how such a deadly incident might have been avoided. It is the CS Monitor who reports this Monday, Oct. 7, that in addition to the 8 people who died in the truck crash, 79 people were also reported to be injured.
The monster truck hits crowd story began after a revving monster truck suddenly skidded off the ground and slammed into the spectators watching the show in Chihuahua, Mexico. Eight people died and dozens others were hurt in the horrific event, leading the driver to be possibly charged this weekend on manslaughter.
Local Mexican officials also announced that they had begun a formal investigation into any safety violations at the monster truck rally, and if a lack of safety measures taken at the event might have led to the fatal incident.
According to a spokesman for the Chihuahua prosecutors’ office, the driver involved in the crash that killed 8 people in the crowd is named Francisco Velazquez. He seemed to lose control of the vehicle while driving over other cars in the middle of a crushing “Extreme Aeroshow” demo this Saturday.
As seen by several videos taken by spectators, the monster truck can be observed passing over two initial cars, but suddenly gaining in speed and bouncing hard before crashing into the crowd. Screams soon erupted in the stands as people ran for their lives.
There was no wall and no protective barrier in place between the crowd and the monster truck. The tragic accident once again brings to the forefront the safety of these monster truck rallies, and whether stricter rules and precautions should be enforced at such events, the report concluded.
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