Eight people are dead following a tragic accident at the "Extreme Aeroshow" event in Chihuahua, Mexico this weekend. In a monster truck demonstration gone terribly wrong, a vehicle accelerated into a crowd of spectators after a jump over two cars, injuring a reported 79 people in addition to the fatalities. Chihuahua Mayor, Marco Quezada, said that a dozen of the injured were in intensive care as of Sunday evening, with four in critical condition.

NBC News is reporting that the driver of the truck has been detained Sunday on suspicion of manslaughter. Initial reports indicate a number of potential reasons for the driver of the Big Show monster truck's aberrant action. Witnesses to the scene report that the driver hit his head on the top of the cabin as he jumped over two crushed cars, with at least two claiming that his helmet came off mid-stunt.

Further, Chihuahua Governor Cesar Duarte Juarez, whose administration was listed as a sponsor of the show, is reportedly pursuing an investigation as to the enforcement of safety regulations. The governor reportedly said that a test had detected alcohol on the driver's breath, though specifics as to blood alcohol level have not yet been reported, if known. Investigators are also looking in to any possible mechanical failure (perhaps a stuck throttle) that may have caused a loss of control as the truck driver was headed towards the crowd of people.

Video of the shocking incident was captured by spectators at the show, and has been used in news reports from the Associated Press and NBC.


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      MotionDesigner
      • 1 Year Ago
      Condolences to the injured and those who lost their lives. That said, this guy instead should've been driving his monster truck on the West Side Highway last Sunday.
      mikemaj82
      • 1 Year Ago
      After watching the video, its no wonder this happened. Look at how close the spectators are standing in an area right in front of a gigantic ramp the truck goes up. Add to that no barriers or rails, and.....
        marv.shocker
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikemaj82
        Exactly. 3-4 tons coming at you full speed, and no retaining wall. Just stupid third-world thinking.
      nej
      • 1 Year Ago
      Alcohol? Really? Don't the officials of these events take any precautions in making sure the person behind the wheel is actually suitable for performing these stunts? It's a shame and I hope everyone who was injured by this stunt recovers well and the relatives to those who lost their lives.
      Black Dyanmite
      • 1 Year Ago
      0.0 safety regs. Might as well have done this jump at halfcourt during halftime of a Celtics game in Boston. BD
      protovici
      • 1 Year Ago
      Your in Mexico, no safety walls, probably no remote cut-off operator, a Mexican driving a monster truck, and probably no other safety protocols within the truck.... Yep, safe enough in Mexican standards,
        El Matador
        • 1 Year Ago
        @protovici
        What do you mean by "a Mexican driving a monster truck"? Nice racist comment you ahole.
          protovici
          • 1 Year Ago
          @El Matador
          1.) Must be tall enough to look over the steering wheel. 2.) Don't be so sensitive and have a taco to chill out.
      S40Powered
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a terrible loss. These monster trucks demostrations are awful, there's always an accident.
        zepeda1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @S40Powered
        its quite a terrible accident. but to say this always happens its highly inaccurate.There is probably a monster truck race every weekend somewhere. Its like saying planes are unsafe because they always crash.
      Rick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thank you for not posting the video. Loss of life doesn't need to posted to a blog like a simple, unimportant car review.
      Bobby_Sards
      • 1 Year Ago
      It is amazing how insensitive the comments are when an accident occurs outside the US
        Pj Taintz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bobby_Sards
        heres a tip, some people joke in the time of sadness, its a way to keep from breaking down yourself. maybe you should try it sometime and not tell others how to handle a bad situation
      • 1 Year Ago
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      11fiveoh
      • 1 Year Ago
      Unintended acceleration strikes again!
        G8
        • 1 Year Ago
        @11fiveoh
        Is that truck a Toyota by chance?
      BK
      • 1 Year Ago
      I just saw an additional video from a monster truck demonstration in Mexico a week or two ago where the truck went careening towards the spectators and stopped only feet from them. Maybe some safety regs are in order? Jeez.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's rather obvious that the trucks throttle was stuck open. Whether by mechanical issue, or unconscious driver, who knows. If we was drunk, he certainly deserves to take some responsibility here, but otherwise, and even then, the utter lack of safety measures here were the greatest contributing factors here.
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