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On Thursday evening, August 18th, perhaps one of the most tragic traffic accidents Puerto Peñasco has seen left eight people dead and more than 36 injured. The incident took place just north of town on the Puerto Peñasco-Sonoyta highway.
The accident took place close to 9 p.m. when, according to witnesses, a white sedan with AZ plates that had hit another car remained in the middle of the highway. This led to a dump truck heading south to swerve in order to avoid hitting the sedan, yet it then hit a passenger bus head on. The Pacifico line bus carrying 45 passengers had just recently departed Puerto Peñasco with final destination Michoacán.
The crash led to the loss of 8 lives and at least 36 people injured, many seriously. The dump truck driver was transported in serious condition out of Peñasco, while others were airlifted out.
The accident led to the swift mobilization of dozens of ambulances to assist the injured, transporting them to public hospitals and clinics. The local Fire Department spent more than three hours in the rescue effort. Around midnight, upon instruction of Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich, State Secretary of Health Gilberto Ungson met with Municipal Civil Protection Director Francisco Javier Carrillo, as well as hospital directors and rescue crews in order to provide urgent attention to those involved in the tragic accident.
After expressing his personal grief for the families of those who lost loved ones, and hope for a swift recovery of those injured, Puerto Peñasco Mayor Kiko Munro detailed emergency protocol was implemented as soon as reports of the accident came in. He praised the coordinated efforts of Municipal Civil Protection, the Fire Department, Red Cross, Secretary of the Navy, Mexican Army, Municipal, State, and Federal Police, as well as medical staff at the Secretary of Health and the General, IMSS, and Naval Hospitals in addition to the San José Clinic.