Mexico City, Mexico — A tractor trailer without brakes runs over 12 vehicles on a Mexico City highway killing at least nine and injuring 40.
The accident was reported at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Santa Fe with police saying so far, nine people have died leaving 40 injured with 16 being transferred to hospitals.
The impact of the tractor trailer against the 12 vehicles on the Mexico-Toluca highway left the roadway in complete chaos. Police report that the driver of the trailer lost control of his unit after he tried to brake but the brakes failed.
Surveillance cameras in the area recorded the exact moment the trailer rushed upon the unsuspecting motorists at full speed.
Witness Abraham de la Torre said, “I turned when I heard quite a loud noise and I see the cars and the trailer start to fly as it starts ramming all the cars at full speed…one of the worst scenes I’ve ever seen.”
Policemen, firemen, paramedics from various institutions as well as Civil Protection teams arrived to rescue the wounded. Paramedics from Mexico City reported that at least two people had to be transferred by helicopter due to the severity of their injuries.
A convoy of emergency services arrived at the site to support the injured, as well as the fire department who worked to remove the vehicles.