AT least 18 roadside ghouls gawping at a dead car crash victim were mown down and killed by a hit-and-run truck driver.
Nine others are in “critical condition” after the truck smashed into pedestrians on Wednesday evening local time (Thursday morning GMT), authorities said.[Tyus Jones8217 Legendary Final Four Run With Duke 8216changed My Life Big Time8217]
TWITTER/JUANVICTORCAS1 Crowds of people were seen grieving over the remains of pedestrians who were struck and killed by a lorry in Guatemala[/caption]
TWITTER/JUANVICTORCAS1 The body of a victim of a road tragedy in Guatemala in which dozens were killed by an ‘out of control’ lorry[/caption]
The victims were apparently standing in the road investigating a fatal crash that happened moments earlier in the town of Nahuala.
Graphic footage and photos from the scene show bodies lying on the road, which is stained with blood.[2019 Chicago Bears Transaction Tracker]
Grieving friends and relatives can be heard crying and screaming in agony.
Amlcar Montejo, head of traffic police in nearby Guatemala City, said that a “large number” of locals crowded around the initial crash site.[Lorry Ploughs Into Crowd In Guatemala And Kills 18 8216roadside Ghouls8217 Gawping At Dead Car Crash Victim]
It’s then that a truck “went out of control” at “excessive speed” and hit the crowd, he told Prensa Libre.
‘DID NOT NOTICE PEDESTRIANS’
Fire department spokesman Cecilio Chacaj said: “It seems that the semi-trailer did not notice the number of the people on the roadway and ran them over.”
President Jimmy Morales wrote on Twitter: “At this time we are coordinating our response to bring full support to the relatives of the victims.[Nine Year Old Girls Filmed Jumping On Cars And Spitting At Security Guard During Vile 90 Minute Tirade At Shopping Centre]
“My heartfelt condolences.”
The crash was on the notorious Interamerican highway at Km159 – an infamous stretch of road where accidents are said to be common.
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At least 125 people have reportedly been killed on Guatemala’s major roads this year alone.[Do Drivers Consider Cyclists To Be Fully Human]
The crash marked one of the country’s worst traffic accidents in recent years.
In 2013, a bus plunged off a cliff in rural Guatemala, killing at least 43 people and injuring dozens.[Off Duty Cook County Investigator Fatally Struck In Chicago Ridge]
An ambulance rushes to the scene in Guatemala after a lorry ploughed into crowds
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