A monster truck hit a crowd of spectators at an airshow in Chihuahua, Mexico, on Saturday. Video footage taken of the monster truck hitting the crowd shows that the monster truck had just performed a demolition stunt in which “it is driven over a row of cars and crushes them under its giant tires, said to be nearly 1.5 metres (5 ft) tall,” reported the International Business Times on Oct. 6, 2013.
During its second pass, the monster truck accelerated much more quickly, bounced over the second car, veered right, and hit right into the crowd.
“Six were killed when the truck hit them, three died from their injuries after medics attempted to help them, and four bodies have since been recovered from under the wheels of the truck.”
As a result of the monster truck hitting the crowd, 47 people still remain in the hospital in critical condition and the death toll is expected to rise. Among the 13 people killed, one victim was a child.
Witnesses to the monster truck accident report that the monster truck driver hit his head shortly before the truck hit the crowd and that his helmet had come off.
"The driver hit his head and his helmet flew off," said 18-year-old Daniel Dominguez who was among the spectators when the monster truck hit the crowd. "The truck came directly at where we were."
Another witness said that "I fell over, and when I turned around I saw the tyre very close. It hit me and threw me to the other side.”
The spot at which the monster truck hit the crowd with its five-foot tires had no protective barrier.
An investigation into the monster truck accident is looking at the possibility that mechanical failure might have made it impossible for the driver to disengage the accelerator or whether the driver may have lost control of the monster truck after having hit his head as reported by witnesses.
However, the monster truck driver who hit the crowd was arrested after testing positive for alcohol.