A tragic accident has just taken place. According to reports, A large truck slammed into a crowd gathered on a dark highway in western Guatemala Wednesday night.
Reports initially stated that 18 people had been killed. However, now that investigators comb through the carnage, 30 people have died from injuries suffered in the accident.
"Local fire department spokesman Cecilio Chacaj said people had apparently gathered on the highway to inspect a person who had been killed in a separate accident when the semi-trailer plowed into them. Chacaj later told a Guatemalan radio network and French news agency AFP that 18 deaths were confirmed, but that multiple people were being treated for serious injuries. Most Guatemalan newspapers and even the emergency services' own Twitter page were still reporting at least 30 dead hours later," according to CBS News.
New reports state that the death toll has climber to 32.
The accident took place in the Solola Province in Guatemala. The national fire and rescue services for the country tweeted a graphic photo from the scene.
"It seems that the semi-trailer did not notice the number of the people on the roadway and ran them over," said Chacaj.
Many wondered if the accident had any connections to terror. In recent years, trucks have been used to run over crowds in other terrorist attacks. This incident appears to simply be a tragic accident.
Please join us in praying for everyone impacted by this awful tragedy. We ask for God's healing mercy to surround and comfort them.
"According to Reuters, it was one of Guatemala's worst traffic accidents in recent years. At least 43 people died and dozens were hurt when a bus went off a cliff in rural Guatemala in 2013," wrote CBS.
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