Hey Mexico, WTF? Today is supposed to be the magical day of Expecto Petraeus! And tomorrow’s the big 9/11 celebration, okay? What is with you people having some kind of Star Wars-esque rebellion attacking the gas pipelines and crazy semi-trucks full of dynamite blowing up on the highways and killing 34 people?
A “shadowy left-wing group” apparently sabotaged six different Mexican pipelines this morning, or six different sections, something like that. It will cost the state oil monopoly, Pemex, “hundreds of millions of dollars” to fix the damage. But the saboteurs struck the natural gas supply, not oil pipelines, so it won’t affect Mexican oil production, maybe, and that is probably a good thing as Mexico is the third biggest oil supplier to the USA, just after Canada and Saudi Arabia and just before Venezuela on the import list — Mexico sends 1.492 million barrels of oil to the United States each month, a little tiny bit less than Saudi Arabia, at 1.5 million barrels per month.
We’re not sure what the head-on semi-truck collision has to do with this, but it’s gruesome so it’s probably somehow connected, at least in the sense of “stuff blowing up in Mexico.” Like some awful real-life version of a Roadrunner/Coyote cartoon, a truck filled with dynamite smashed into another truck coming in the opposite direction. The resulting explosion killed 34 people.
Authorities said the two vehicles crashed into each other Sunday evening, drawing a crowd of curious onlookers as well as a small army of police, soldiers, emergency officials and journalists.
Shortly after the crowd arrived, the wreckage caught fire, and the dynamite exploded, sending a ball of fire into the sky that consumed nearby cars and left a 10-by-40 foot crater in the concrete, said Maximo Alberto Neri Lopez, a federal police official.
He said more than 150 people were injured.
An interesting side note is that Mexican semi-trucks are now allowed to travel U.S. highways — it’s part of the NAFTA thing to combine America with Canada and Mexico and make you all slaves — even though they’re all dangerous and full of dynamite. So the U.S. trucking union pointed out that soon this very same thing will be happening on every American highway.