A federal agency says it had just one ranger patrolling a 50-mile off-road race where one of the participating vehicles killed eight spectators that were watching too close to the Mojave Desert course.
The Bureau of Land Management said that the ranger was patrolling the course in an off-road vehicle area when a spectator flagged him down to report the crash.
BLM also says the race organizer itself was responsible for the safety of the spectators, but the incident raises questions about the agency's oversight of such events on their property.
The agency would not say how many rangers would be on hand for events like, but the BLM had eight employees staff a motorcycle race in the same area last weekend.
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