Skip to comments.Tenn. Car Crash Death Toll Rises (7 Dead)
Posted on 06/17/2007 5:28:14 PM PDT by RDTF
SELMER, Tenn. (AP) - Three more people have died after a drag-racing car went out of control and careened into a crowd of spectators, raising the death toll to seven, state officials said Sunday. The crash occurred Saturday night during an "exhibition burnout"when a driver spins his tires to make them heat up and smokeat the Cars for Kids charity event in Selmer, located about 80 miles east of Memphis.
Several other people were injured.
Amateur video of the crash, broadcast on WMC-TV in Memphis, showed the car's engine revving loudly before the vehicle sped down a highway lined with spectators on both sides. After a few hundred feet, the smoking car skidded off the road.
The identities of the victims and the driver were not immediately released.
Witness Scott Henley said the vehicle started burning off its tires, then fishtailed and slammed into a utility pole before spinning around into the audience.
Selmer Police Chief Neal Burks said "bodies were flying into the air when it happened."
Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Mike Browning said at least eight people were taken to three hospitals.
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wow - what a tragedy - so sorry to hear this
I love drag racing,we go all over the US watching this
sport,but this sickens me
These cars run 230 in the 1/4 mile
Prayers for all the people involved in this tragedy.
The charity was formed in 1990, two years after founder Larry Price's son, Chad, suffered a severe head injury in a bicycle accident. Price promised that if his son was saved from lifelong injuries, he would spend the rest of his life raising funds for disabled children, according to the Web site.
Nice job, Larry. Your great idea has now killed 7 people, and no doubt left a number of others maimed and brain-damaged.
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