Sunday, August 15, 2010

8 Killed In Off-Road Race In California

At least eight people were killed and a dozen injured in a desert off-road race in a rural part of San Bernardino County in east Los Angeles Saturday night..

Local county fire departments sent seven ambulances and 10 air ships to the scene of the accident at the California 200 race in the Lucerne Valley area.

Authorities said a dozen people were airlifted to hospitals in the area. According to published reports, winesses saw a pickup ((pictured, thanks Kris Reilly/Victorville Daily Press)) hit people who were sitting on rocks
Amateur video on the internet of last year's race shows off-road vehicles performing stunts close to spectators with only plastic netting between them.

Here's what brief coverage we have so far from our friends at KABC-TV

"There was dust everywhere, people screaming, people running," David Conklin, a photographer covering the event for off-road magazines, told The Associated Press. "When I got up to the vehicle I could tell that several people were trapped. There were just bodies everywhere," he said. "One woman with a major head wound [was] lying in a pool of blood. Someone else was crushed beneath the car."

Here's more video from our friends at RussiaToday

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