He tore through an ancient set of desert etchings that are considered “the most outstanding group of geoglyphs anywhere in the world.”
It took about 1,000 years for an ancient Peruvian civilization to finish the Nazca Lines, miles of lines etched into the desert depicting plant and animal life, and we’re still studying the drawings two millennia later. But it only took a confused trucker about an hour to wreck part of the cherished site—taking his big rig off-roading into the desert, tearing over the Nazca Lines, and leaving “deep scars” on the historic artwork, NPR reports.
The driver was cruising down the highway Saturday when—despite signs telling him he was passing a UNESCO World Heritage Site—he decided to veer off into the desert, according to Peru’s Ministry of Culture. As he plowed his rig through the sand and dirt, he tore up at least three of the ancient line drawings under his wheels, irreparably damaging what UNESCO calls “the most outstanding group of geoglyphs anywhere in the world.”