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Sunday October 6, 2013

Monster Truck Accident Kills 8, Injures 67 at Show in Mexico

Monster Truck Accident Kills 8, Injures 67 at Show in Mexico

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At least eight people were killed and 67 others injured when a “monster truck” hit spectators sitting in the stands at an air show in the northern Mexican city of Chihuahua, media reports said.

The driver of the vehicle, which has tires 1.5 meters (almost five feet) tall, was going over a pile of automobiles when he lost control on Saturday evening and hit the stands, Chihuahua Mayor Marco Quezada said.

Four children were among the dead in the accident and the 67 injured spectators are being treated at various hospitals, officials said.

All of the injured will be treated at no cost at state hospitals, Chihuahua Gov. Cesar Duarte said in a Twitter posting.

“The injured from the AeroShow are being treated on a priority basis at all hospitals in Chihuahua,” Duarte said.

State Secretary-General Raymundo Romero went to the accident scene to coordinate emergency operations with officials from Chihuahua city, the state capital.

The monster truck’s driver is under arrest and investigators are trying to determine the cause of the accident, officials said.

The Extremo AeroShow is a three-day festival that features planes, balloons and monster trucks.

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