Monster truck hits crowd: How safe are spectators?
Monster truck hits crowd at an event in Chihuahua, Mexico, killing eight people and injuring 79. What steps are taken to prevent a monster truck from hitting a crowd of spectators?
An out-of-control monster truck shot into a crowd of spectators at a Mexican air show, killing eight people and injuring 79, officials said. The driver was detained Sunday on suspicion of manslaughter and officials said they were investigating possible safety violations in the setup of the show.
Carlos Gonzalez, spokesman for the Chihuahua state prosecutors' office, said driver Francisco Velazquez appeared to lose control of the truck after leaping over cars it was crushing during a demonstration at the "Extreme Aeroshow" on Saturday.
Video taken from the stands by spectator Krizthall Martinez and provided to The Associated Press shows the truck making an initial pass over two cars. It then makes a second pass at higher speed, coming down sharply nose first and bouncing violently before piling straight into the crowd, which stood directly in the path of the monster truck unprotected by any wall or barrier.
The accident raises anew questions about spectator safety at monster truck events. In 2009 in Tacoma, Wash., a six-year-old boy was killed by flying debris during a monster truck show. In the same year, a monster truck promoter died in Madison, Wisc., after stepping in front of a truck.