Irreparable Damage As Truck Driver Drives Across 2000-Year-Old Nazca Lines

On January 27th, 2018, a truck driver neglected all the warning marks and drove his trailer truck over three of the two-thousand-year-old geoglyphs famous as the Nazca lines.

His truck had such a disastrous impact, the deep marks in the ground resulted in sharp and irreversible consequences to the lines.

So you probably ask yourself, why on Earth would someone do something like this? Did something possess him?

Jainer Jesús Flores Vigo insisted he was lost but actually wiped off the map, driving to the Pan American highway at kilometer 424 to dodge paying a toll.

The 40-year-old truck driver Jainer Jesús Flores Vigo

Argentine newspaper Clarín reports that the driver said he didn’t know the area because he had never traveled there before.

They stated that the slandered field measured 104 by 328 feet and included parts of three geoglyphs.

The Peruvians adore their Nazca lines since they are their heritage. They demanded the driver to get nine months of preventive detention and a $1,550 fine, while the investigation continued.

Peruvian authorities released him, as they didn’t have enough proof that he’d done it intentionally. They shared an image of the damage on Twitter:

Credit: Peruvian Ministry of Culture’s Twitter Account

Located around 250 miles south of Lima, the Nasca Lines are a system of geometric lines. The remarkable consistency of a hummingbird, a monkey and a spider, scraped into the surface of the earth between 500 BCE and 500 CE.

They incorporate an extraordinary 725 square kilometers. Moreover, people believe the lines had ritual cosmic purposes.

One of the ideas that makes them so mysterious is that they are only visible from above. Thus, a question emerges instantly regarding their complex concept of creation without actually being able to see them.

The Nazca Lines From Above

According to UNESCO, “the region’s ancient inhabitants drew on the arid ground a great variety of thousands of large-scale zoomorphic and anthropomorphic figures and lines or sweeps with outstanding geometric precision, transforming the vast land into a highly symbolic, ritual and social-cultural landscape that remains until today.”

If any consolation, even though the lines can never return to their original shape, at least the driver didn’t damage the rest of 450 square kilometers.