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Sad News from California 200 Race - 8 People Killed

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LUCERNE VALLEY, Calif. (KABC) -- At least eight people were killed and others were injured in a desert off-road race in rural San Bernardino County, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's department.

 

A vehicle plowed into a crowd just before 8 p.m., authorities said.

 

San Bernardino County fire sent seven ambulances and 10 air ships to the scene of the accident at the California 200 race in Lucerne Valley.

 

Authorities said a dozen people were airlifted to hospitals in the area, one possibly being Desert Valley Hospital in Victorville. According to published reports, winesses saw a pickup hit people who were sitting on rocks.

 

The California Highway Patrol has taken the lead and has sent its Major Accident Investigation Team in.

 

According to the Mojave Desert Racing website, the California 200 was to take place Saturdayat 7:30 p.m. off Bessemer Mine Road at Soggy Dry Lake.

 

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. http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news%2Flocal%2Finland_empire&id=7610843

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Gotta love how the media embelishes its stories...stunts right by spectators...open course race and signs were posted to stay back....at least from what I have been able to pick up on the races boards....

Very sad day..prayers and condolences go out to the families and friends of all involved.

Oh, and the driver did not flee from rocks being thrown...makes you wonder sometimes about the media and where they get their info.

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