Auto crash damages ancient pyramid in Mexico City
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A drunken, off-duty policeman crashed through
the gates protecting Templo Mayor -- one of Mexico's most precious
archaeological sites -- and landed atop an ancient Aztec pyramid,
Mexican officials said.
The National Archaeological Institute said the accident caused irreparable
damage to the pyramid, but did not elaborate.
Daniel Navarro Hernandez, a 31-year-old officer, was detained Friday
According to police, Navarro was driving at more than 60 mph through
downtown streets before he crashed through the site's steel gates. The car
flew 50 feet into an excavation and landed on one of the site's pyramids,
which are below street level.
The attorney general's office had no information about whether Hernandez
The Templo Mayor, located next to the capital's main square, was once the
ritual center of the Aztec empire, and was used to perform human sacrifices.
Since the late 1970s it has become a major tourist attraction.