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UPDATE! October 24, 2013 

 "The State Attorney General filed charges for negligent homicide against another four people involved in the "Monster Truck" accident, which left a total of nine people dead. With that, there are five charged in the tragedy, one of them is a fugitive from justice.
The first to be processes is the driver of the truck, who has been in jail since the day of the accident last Saturday, October 5.

The other four implicated are the owner of the Demolition Show company, who put on the show, his legal representative, and two former public officials: the deputy fire chief and the head of Municipal Civil Protection.

Today, three of those implicated were presented before the judge, meanwhile the former head of Municipal Civil Protection was officially declared a fugitive for not attending the hearing, and an arrest warrant was issued against him."


Mexico Monster Truck wreck kills 8, hurts dozens

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A monster truck rams into spectators during a monster truck rally show at El Rejon park, on the outskirts of Chihuahua October 5, 2013.


CHIHUAHUA, Mexico — An out-of-control monster truck shot into a crowd of spectators at a Mexican air show, killing at least eight people and hurting 80 others, dozens seriously, officials said.
Carlos Gonzalez, spokesman for the Chihuahua state prosecutors' office, said the driver appeared to have lost control of the truck after leaping over a pile of cars it was crushing during a demonstration at the "Extreme Aeroshow" on Saturday.
Some witnesses said the driver appeared to have hit his head on the interior of the truck as he drove over the old cars, with at least two reporting seeing his helmet come off before the massive vehicle drove into the crowd of terrified spectators, who tried to flee.

"I fell over, and when I turned around I saw the tire very close. It hit me and threw me to the other side," Jesus Manuel Ibarra, 41, said as he was treated for injuries to his arm and hip.
Gonzalez said the accident killed at least one child and hurt 80 people, 46 of whom remained hospitalized early Sunday. He said the number of dead and injured could rise as officials received updated information Sunday morning. The local health system listed the names of 67 injured people on its Facebook page, calling urgently for blood donations and help from local doctors and nurses.
Gonzalez said prosecutors were looking into the possibility of a mechanical failure that left the driver unable to release the gas pedal. Several witnesses said, however, that the driver appeared to have become incapacitated when he struck his head during the show, in which the truck drives at high speed over smaller cars, leaping into the air as it crushes their roofs.

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Spectators react after a monster truck rammed the stand where they were watching a monster truck rally show at El Rejon park, on the outskirts of Chihuahua, Saturday.

Spectator Daniel Dominguez, 18, said he was happily watching the show with a group of relatives when the truck came down hard in the middle of the cars.
"The driver hit his head and his helmet flew off," Dominguez said. "The truck came directly at where we were."
His 11-year-old sister was in surgery for injuries to her legs, and his mother was treated for minor contusions.
The air show was canceled after the accident that happened during the second day of the three-day show in a park on the outskirts of Chihuahua, the capital of Chihuahua state.