|Mexican traffic jam|
After lunch we headed back up, and on the way up the mountain we met a pickup truck coming down the road very quickly. It was a straightaway section and we weren't going fast (we were going uphill) but they were going way too fast (no brakes? or just Mexican driving style) and they were heading straight for us. I was in the backseat and all I could see was cliff face coming at me as Derek swerved to avoid the oncoming truck and we went into the ditch next to the cliff face. I thought for sure they were going to impact us and take out the driver's side mirror or headlight, but I saw a flash of blue pickup as they miraculously missed us and passed us by. I thought that was the end of it until I heard the crashing of something going over the cliff...they had swerved too much and went right over the edge.
|Where the pickup truck went over the cliff|
We got out and yelled down to them (it was 2 guys) and they said they were both OK. Apparently one guy got thrown from the truck as it rolled (no seatbelt), got thrown ahead of it, and then the truck rolled over him as it continued rolling. The other guy was still inside (not sure if seatbelt or not) but after the truck came to a stop he was able to get out. Both guys were able to climb back up the cliff where we checked them both out for injuries. Other than bruises and scrapes and some bleeding from the bushes, they seemed OK but shaken up.
Turns out the pickup had several beehives in the back. So when Derek, Jim, Jorje, and one of the Mexican guys went back to retrieve some personal effects and worktools, they were heading to very angry bees! Jorje suffered a few stings but nobody else. Meanwhile I was back at our truck keeping an eye on the other Mexican guy who was more shaken up, so I didn't to deal with angry bees. But afterwards we could all hear the buzzing of thousands of angry bees, and had to drive away as the bees started following the honey scent on the Mexican beekeepers.
|Derek's tire tracks as he swerved into the cliff face|