Nazca Lines / truck

In January 2018, a truck driver inadvertently drove over Peru’s famed Nazca Lines, leaving “deep scarring” on the 2,000-year-old land etching.

The driver, identified as 40-year-old Jainer Jesus Flores Vigo, ignored warning signs and drove his semitrailer onto to the UNESCO World Heritage site, causing significant damage.

Vigo claimed he didn’t know the area because he had never traveled there before, and that he left the road because of a mechanical problem. A Peruvian newspaper, meanwhile, speculated that the driver actually drove off the Pan-American Highway to avoid paying a toll. A magistrate concluded that there wasn’t sufficient evidence to indicate Vigo acted with intent, so he was detained and released. Experts were still surveying the damage and considering restoration strategies.

This isn’t the first time people have damaged the site: In 2014, Greenpeace activists left footprints as they planted a message there in advance of U.N. climate talks in Lima.

Christopher Schreck