Because this blog is nothing if not repetitive (and, really, this blog is nothing if not repetitive), we've probably pointed out before that, when it comes to deadly mayhem, Mexico's drug cartels can't hold a candle to its every day drivers. Just this weekend we learned that car crashes are the #1 cause of death among young Mexicans, and that fucking around on your phone while driving had surpassed alcohol as the #1 cause of fatal crashes among the young. The article notes offhandedly that there are 24,000 road fatalities a year here - just between the ages of 5-34. That's staggering. The US, with triple the population, more cars, and more miles driven, had a total of 32,000 fatalities last year. This place is a killing field! Just not in the way the world media has portrayed it.
A couple days ago, the highway from Querétaro to Mexico City found a new way to kill people - a landslide that crushed all five (!) occupants of a taxi, and two in a pickup truck. An alert motorist Tweeted a message to traffic authorities that a landslide looked imminent, and gave them exact coordinates. Six hours later, after seven people lay dead, the authorities showed up. Nice job, boys!
What does it look like to be landslid to death in your pickup truck? Thanks to the heroic Mexican media, you can find out - but trust us, you don't want to know. Seriously, don't click this link.