Band Killed En Route To Gig When Car Swallowed By River

Story By: Jonathan MaciasSub EditorJoseph GolderAgency: Central European News

Four Mexican mariachi musicians have tragically died on their way to a concert when the strong current of an overflowing river dragged their car downstream during heavy rains.

The incident took place in the Juarez Municipality in the state of Chihuahua in northern Mexico on Wednesday at 11 pm after heavy rains in the area.

The body of one of the musicians was found to have been dragged four miles by the current.


Reports say six mariachi musicians were travelling in the car when it was dragged one kilometre (0.6 miles) by the Los Naranjos river after it burst its banks.

According to the Civil Protection Office of Chihuahua, two members of the mariachi band named Jorge Villarreal, 26 and Alejandro Galvan, 24, were saved while Servando Villarreal, 27, was found dead the night of the accident.

Local authorities reportedly found the bodies of the other three members named Alexis Angel Corona Sanchez,17, Alejandro Corona, 59, and Javier Salas Navarro, 44, the following morning.


Miguel Angel Perales, Director of the Civil Protection Office, said: “Finally we found the last person we were looking for. Obviously our rescue brigades always hope to find people alive but unfortunately, it was not like that.”

Perales reportedly confirmed that the last body was located in the nearby municipality of Guadalupe some seven kilometres (four miles) away from the scene of the accident.

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