A monster truck hits a crowd of spectators in a horrifying scene captured on video. An out of control monster truck slammed into the crowd Saturday in Mexico, killing 8 and injuring upwards of 80 others, reports CBS News on Oct. 6.
Carlos Gonzalez, spokesman for the Chihuahua state prosecutor’s office, said that the driver of the truck, while performing a stunt, appeared to have smashed his head against the roof of the truck’s cab, causing him to lose control and plow directly into onlookers.
The three-day show, which also included extreme performances by airplanes, was canceled after the accident on its second day.
Raw video captured moments after the crash and uploaded to YouTube shows fans screaming and running. (Warning – Video is graphic.) Some fled the scene; other fans rushed in to help. Shrieks of agony fill the video. Some Mexicans try in vain to roll the monster truck off of those injured.
The driver, Francisco Velazquez, was performing stunts at the Extreme Aeroshow in Chihuahua, Mexico. He lost control of his truck after leaping over a pile of crushed cars, killing at least three young children and five adults.
According to the governor of Chihuahua, Velasquez had alcohol on his breath and was made to take a breathalyzer. Officials have not said whether the man was over the legal limit, or if they thought the alcohol played a role in the crash. The driver has been arrested and faces potential manslaughter charges pending the findings of the investigation.
Videos show the truck, named “Big Show,” landing nose first and bouncing up aggressively, bowling toward a grandstand of helpless audience members who only had seconds to move out of the way of the hurtling truck.
“I fell over, and when I turned around I saw the tire very close. It hit me and threw me to the other side,” said 41-year-old Jesus Manuel Ibarra.
The incident brings into question the safety of spectators at monster truck shows. No protective wall or adequate barriers prevented the truck from ramming into this crowd.
“The driver hit his head and his helmet flew off,” said 18-year-old Daniel Dominguez. “The truck came directly at where we were. Nothing was there to stop it.”