Neighbors of Zárate this Wednesday looted the merchandise of a truck that had been injured hours before on the Pan-American route, at the height of that Buenos Aires town.
The vehicle, which was going to supply a supermarket in the Salta town of Tartagal, it overturned at dawn, after a driver error affected by intense fog.
Quickly, the Buenos Aires Police and the Gendarmerie guarded the truck and the cargo. But hundreds of people – between neighbors and motorists who eventually passed by the place – gathered expectantly at the edge of the merchandise: juices, dairy, beef, chicken, noodles and rice, among other foods.
There were incidents between the neighbors and the Police. Finally, at 11 o’clock, when the carrier had no choice but to approve it, the neighbors they razed the food boxes.
Like an anthill, they looted an overturned truck in Zárate. Photo courtesy Fernando Nicola / El Litoral
The accident happened at 3.30 in the morning of this Wednesday, at kilometer 80.5 of National Route 9. The fog reduced visibility in the area, located north of Campana, already in the district of Zárate.
This inconvenience affected the driver of the Fiat Iveco truck, which was heading north and collided with the guardrail divider of both hands.
As a result, the truck lay on its side on the road to the City of Buenos Aires. And the boxes with the merchandise remained partially on the asphalt. Word of mouth and desperation did the rest.
The Gendarmerie and the Police arrived at the scene, where they cut off a lane of the road and guarded the shipment, which belonged to the Walmart chain. Due to the operation, there were transit delays.
Neighbors looted an overturned truck in Zárate. Photo Fernando Nicola / El Litoral
Despair, incidents and looting
During the morning, hundreds of neighbors they crowded into the scene of the accident. They parked their own cars and they waited, both in the central flowerbed and on the edge of the Panamericana.
The Police tried to prevent the looting, so they recorded incidents. Neighbors reported that the Police used rubber bullets and tear gas.
Finally, when there seemed to be no other option, the transport company approved that the neighbors and curious they will take the perishable merchandise given the impossibility of reaching Salta, said the newspaper Local Impact.
And at the slightest sign, the crowd she pounced desperately about the vehicle, in a scene that was recorded in videos that went viral on social networks.
Hundreds of people took the cargo waiting on the road first. And later invaded the interior of the trailer to take every last product.
There were those who collaborated and collected the food as on a handrail. Others, on the other hand, they fought each other to stay with returning home with some food.
Truck overturning on Route 9, near Zárate. Then neighbors took the shipment.
The trucker suffered minor injuries and he was treated at the San José hospital in Campana. Meanwhile, the traffic was released at noon, when the rollover and the scenes of uncontrolled began to stay in the past.
The same happened with the commodity. According to C5N, the carrier tried to take the non-perishable food in another truck, but when that vehicle arrived only crumbs remained and the Scientific Police doing the expertise.