MEXICO CITY – A trailer truck curving a curve on the Pan-American Highway in Guatemala crashed into a nocturnal crowd gathered Wednesday for the casualties of a former fatal traffic accident. The truck crash killed at least 18 people, said the firefighters.
Initial reports increase the death toll at the age of 32, but Cecilio Chacaj, a spokesman for the volunteer firefighters, told local media that 18 bodies had been recovered.
The accident occurred in the city of Nahualá in the province of Sololá, about 95 miles west of Guatemala City. Guatemala volunteer firefighters reported the first accident at 8:48. and the second at 21
. Photos from the scene showed that victims of the victims were lined up along the Pan-American Highway in a number of volunteer firefighters and police officers. At midnight, local funeral companies had begun delivering coffins to relatives at the scene of the accident.
The Department of Health said that 19 people would be treated in local hospitals and three of them would be taken to a special hospital in the capital.  The Guatemalan government declared mourning for the victims for three days.
The streets of Guatemala are badly marked, and even highways are mostly not lit, which makes navigation at night to fate. The driver of the truck may not have seen the assembled crowd until it was too late to stop.
The police searched for the truck driver all night long.
A series of disasters in recent years in Guatemala have highlighted the government's failure to develop even basic civil protection procedures.
Last year, at least 425 people were killed or missing after the Volcán de Fuego broke out and buried villages on the slopes before there was time to evacuate.
In 2015, the side of a hill gave way and buried the city in the ravine below. More than 600 people were reported dead or missing. The area has been reported as high risk for several years.