Scenes From Our "Mexican Autobahn"

I posted these on my Facebook wall but thought they’d be interesting for the blog too.  We drive one of the most dangerous stretches of highway in all of Mexico each week.  I call it the “Mexican Autobahn” because over time one will see speeds from 0 to over 115 mph on the same lanes.  It’s outright scary sometimes!  We pray for safety in our travels and it’s not just a cliché.

Sometimes vehicles, like this box truck, will park on the shoulder of the “Mexican Authobahn.” Thus, it can be dangerous to use the shoulder as an acceleration/deceleration lane. There are few such lanes throughout and traffic, pedestrians, animals, and cargo often are located on the shoulder. Be careful!  Certainly be more careful than this driver was. Again, this is a stretch of highway we usually drive each week.

They said the instantly-deceased driver of this Nissan Tilda was doing over 180km/h (i.e. 112 mph+) when he lost control on the highway. I drove this same stretch of highway yesterday, but fortunately, I drove it before and then well after this wreck. The specs on the Nissan Tilda say its top speed is 186 km/h. This guy was red-lining on the highway that is always filled with traffic. Suicidal? He hit one of those trees they have in the center of the “Mexican Autobahn.” The trees do tend to stop these cars from going too far through the median. Wow.

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