Monster truck hits crowd: "Mommy, Mommy, get up!" These were the cries heard from a young girl hugging the body of a woman lying on the floor, wrapped in a cloud of dust while her face was covered in blood. However, her pleas were lost in chaos and crying. Like her, there were scores of people wandering around like zombies looking for their loved ones after an out-of-control monster truck hit a crowd of spectators at a Mexican air show Saturday, the Associated Press reports.
In a second, life changed for hundreds of people as a monster truck flew over three cars to the excitement of the audience, but something went wrong: the driver of the heavy vehicle lost control without knowing why, and before the incredulous eyes of onlookers, the rogue monster truck headed to a crowd that was just a few feet in front of it; a crowd without a retaining wall and without any protection.
With four wheels over two meters high, the monster truck steamrolled everybody who crossed its path ... and then came the chaos and panic. Upon its way through the crowd, the monster truck left a trail of wounded and dead. Children, women, and men were lying on the ground. Among the dismay of what happened and amid tears and prayers to God, someone shouted that the truck was coming back. That unleashed further terror and all stampeded for cover for fear of reliving what had happened moments before. Anxiety returned again, people who were still able to walk panicked and began to drag their injured relatives, regardless of their health condition, away from danger.
Given the number of injuries and the suddenness of the tragedy, emergency teams improvised stretchers that could be used to address the injured. Paramedics arrived almost immediately and started taking charge of the situation. Police, transit agents and student volunteers who supported the event became angels.
The mayor of Chihuahua, Marco Quezada confirmed that eight people were killed and 79 more were seriously injured.
Among the deceased is a minor, as reported by the local newspaper 'The Daily', and three children were among the injured, according to the city of Chihuahua.
Six ambulances, firefighters, a helicopter and the Municipal Police arrived to the scene to treat victims and Chihuahua state authorities implemented a blood donation device for the wounded.
The three-day show, "Extreme Aeroshow", which included performances by airplanes, the monster truck acts and other events, was canceled after the accident.