UPDATE: The man who was driving the tractor-trailer that drove into a group of parked vehicles and roadside stands in Villa Ahumada, Mexico, and killed at least nine people, has been charged with the crimes of intentional homicide, injuries, damages and drug dealing, by bringing among his belongings two bags with 2.98 grams of ‘crystal’, a synthetic drug that he apparently consumed to avoid falling asleep on the road.
Cinco horas fue lo que alcanzó a dormir Saúl A. D. después de descargar la mercancía para luego volver a cargar y regresar a Monterrey. Para no dormir se tomó una pastilla Cialis#VillaAhumada https://t.co/2cqyWeqTuW
— El Diario de Juárez (@diariodejuarez) September 11, 2022
El Diario reported that the 40-year-old driver, referred to in the Mexican press as Saul A.D., said he took a Cialis pill, which is medication for erectile dysfunction, to stay awake prior to the wreck.
VILLA AHUMADA, Mexico — Nine people were killed and 16 injured when a tractor-trailer plowed into a group of parked vehicles and roadside stands in the Mexican town of Villa Ahumada Wednesday, Sept. 7.
According to the Chihuahua Attorney General’s Office, six people died at the scene; three more died after being transported to hospitals in Juarez, Mexico.
Local news reports note that a Kenworth tractor-trailer, driven by Saul A.D., 43, struck a parked vehicle and overturned, striking several food stands and coming to rest on the patio of a restaurant. The driver reportedly told authorities he was traveling from Juarez to Chihuahua City. He is in custody pending an investigation as of this reporting.
9 dead, 13 injured when brakeless semi truck crashes into cars, roadside eateries in Villa Ahumada, Chihuahua https://t.co/k5OE9hd4SC
— Daniel Borunda (@BorundaDaniel) September 8, 2022
Tráiler causa mega choque en Villa Ahumada; al menos 5 muertos pic.twitter.com/eTUF0GrBbM
— Red de Noticias en Chihuahua (@Noticias_Chih) September 8, 2022
Villa Ahumada is about 80 miles south of the border city of Ciudad Juarez near El Paso, Texas. It’s a tourist attraction, with buses coming from the border usually stopping so riders can buy burritos and quesadillas to eat on the road.
Border Report said this is not the first recent fatal accident along this stretch of Mexico Highway 45. In late July, three adults perished when their pickup struck a semi parked on the road, Mexican media reported.
Photos and videos shared on social media and Mexican new sites showed the big rig on its side and lodged in front of a hall that houses burrito stands and other food carts.
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