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8 killed, others injured in SB racing accident ( CA )
KABC ^ | August 14, 2010

Posted on 08/14/2010 11:08:33 PM PDT by george76

At least eight people were killed and others were injured in a desert off-road race in rural San Bernardino County.

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at abclocal.go.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: carrace; lucernevalley; offroadracing; race; racing; truckrace

1 posted on 08/14/2010 11:08:36 PM PDT by george76
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To: george76

Just heard this on the news here. So sad, no guard rails block the people from the cars. My prayers go out to the victims


2 posted on 08/14/2010 11:14:01 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: george76

I got my ABC Alert regarding this at 9:50 pm pdt.

Sounds like a bad one. My sympathy goes out to those who lost their life and the people who were injured, their familiy and friends.


3 posted on 08/14/2010 11:15:00 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (UniTea! It's not Rs vs Ds you dimwits. It's Cs vs Ls. Cut the crap & lets build for success.)
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To: george76

At least six people were killed and nine injured when a car involved in the California 200 off-road competition drove into a crowd of spectators Saturday night, the Los Angeles Times reported.

NBC News put the death toll at eight with 10 injured, citing initial reports.
The accident happened at about 7:40 p.m. PT in the Lucerne Valley, a desert area east of Victorville, about a 2-hour drive northeast of Los Angeles, NBC News said.

The San Bernardino County fire department and emergency personnel were attending the incident.

Fire dispatch supervisor Tim Franke told the Times that the accident was reported at 7:48 p.m. at Soggy Dry Lake Bed, a popular off-road spot.
Franke told the paper that four people were seriously injured and were taken by air ambulance to nearby trauma centers. Five others received minor injuries, he said. He added that it was not known whether the driver was killed or injured.


4 posted on 08/14/2010 11:19:19 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: george76

Officials confirmed that eight people died and 12 were injured in the Lucerne Valley area Saturday when the driver of an off-road vehicle plowed into a crowd.

Authorities believe the driver lost control of the vehicle during some type of race at a dry lake bed.

Fire dispatch supervisor Tim Franke said the accident was reported at 7:48 p.m. at Soggy Dry Lake Bed, a popular off-road spot. “It’s unknown what kind of event was going on out there,” he said.

Franke said at least four people were seriously injured and were taken by air ambulance to nearby trauma centers.

He said it was not yet clear how the accident occurred or whether the driver was among the injured or dead.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/08/8-dead-12-hurt-as-vehicle-plows-into-crowd-at-race-in-san-bernardino-county.html


5 posted on 08/14/2010 11:22:40 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Maybe its just me, but with one exception the headlines at that ABC link are all about violence, death and destruction. Makes me want to stop the world and get off:

* 8 killed, others injured in SB racing accident
* Rave shooting leaves 1 dead, 3 injured
* AVP cancels rest of beach volleyball season
* Cholera strikes amid Pakistani flood disaster
* Wildfire burning near Camp Pendleton
* Car-to-car shooting shuts down 10 freeway
* Pomona teen fatally shot; 3 suspects arrested
* DNA leads to arrest in 1986 murder cold case
* Caretaker wanted for stealing from 74-yr-old
* Brother speaks out on deaf theft incident
* Buffalo, N.Y. shooting kills 4, injures 4


6 posted on 08/14/2010 11:31:36 PM PDT by CedarDave (Ten-year anniversary - proudly Freeping since Aug 17, 2000)
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To: george76

It’s amazing this doesn’t happen more often with the crowd so close.


7 posted on 08/14/2010 11:41:04 PM PDT by BinaryBoy (Stuck with a local RINO? Regardless of who you vote for, donate $$$ to a different district.)
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To: george76
That's a bummer. Thoughts and prayers to those affected ... those who lost loved ones; I hope they find comfort. In a way, people affected include all of us, because the Nanny Staters are going to use this as an excuse to try to pass laws that stifle that much more freedom "for our own good." They just can't stand the idea of free spirits betting on Providence that they're not going to get killed at a an air race or offroading, etc., and most of the time, Providence delivers. It's the risk one takes for being alive and enjoying life; makes life that much more precious.

Prayers for the grieving families.

8 posted on 08/14/2010 11:48:47 PM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
Just heard this on the news here. So sad, no guard rails block the people from the cars.

Guard rails?

This is in the middle of the desert, where much of the course is very rugged...Dirt roads, paths, rocks, hills etc....There are some great, wild and yes, dangerous races out there.

9 posted on 08/14/2010 11:49:11 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: CedarDave
* 8 killed, others injured in SB racing accident
* Rave shooting leaves 1 dead, 3 injured
* AVP cancels rest of beach volleyball season
* Cholera strikes amid Pakistani flood disaster
* Wildfire burning near Camp Pendleton
* Car-to-car shooting shuts down 10 freeway
* Pomona teen fatally shot; 3 suspects arrested
* DNA leads to arrest in 1986 murder cold case
* Caretaker wanted for stealing from 74-yr-old
* Brother speaks out on deaf theft incident
* Buffalo, N.Y. shooting kills 4, injures 4

"One of these things is not like the others, one of these things is not like the others..."

But a disaster in its own small way...

10 posted on 08/15/2010 12:01:53 AM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order)
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To: BinaryBoy

“It’s amazing this doesn’t happen more often with the crowd so close.”

That’s what I’ve always thought when viewing these things. Never mind the notorious 1955 Mercedes-Benz accident in which 83 were killed...it’s not necessary for the whole car to drive into the crowd. In a serious crack-up, heavy parts can easily become detached and airborne and really mangle people who have the misfortune of being in the way. In the 1955 MBZ accident, the loose flying hood from the car decapitated several people.


11 posted on 08/15/2010 1:09:41 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder ("No longer can we make no mistake for too long". Barack d****it 0bama, 2009, 2010, 2011.)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder; BinaryBoy; Finny

Here’s a great compilation of LOTS of GREAT rallye driving (on and off road), interior and exterior views, some crashes, and great fitting music. (”Workin’ them Angels”, by RUSH).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFeVzv6qUfw


12 posted on 08/15/2010 1:23:53 AM PDT by 21twelve ( UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES MY ARSE: "..now begin the work of remaking America."-Obama, 1/20/09)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1955_Le_Mans_disaster


13 posted on 08/15/2010 1:38:36 AM PDT by packrat35 (Planned Parenthood... killing more blacks than the Ku Klux Klan could have ever dreamed of.)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

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14 posted on 08/15/2010 2:00:57 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: george76

The BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-10978569
Spectators killed at US car race


15 posted on 08/15/2010 2:16:34 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: george76

Most likely now the state will pass a law outlawing any type of off road raceing. You know we have to protect every body from every thing.


16 posted on 08/15/2010 4:47:09 AM PDT by riverrunner
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To: george76

“air ships”?


17 posted on 08/15/2010 5:31:26 AM PDT by 4buttons
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To: riverrunner
Most likely now the state will pass a law outlawing any type of off road raceing. You know we have to protect every body from every thing.

Nah. They'll just ban more oil drilling so there will be less gas for this kind of thing.

18 posted on 08/15/2010 6:39:12 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks Right-Wing.)
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To: 4buttons

I think they mean heliochoppers.


19 posted on 08/15/2010 6:42:09 AM PDT by Moonman62 (Politicians exist to break windows so they may spend other people's money to fix them.)
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To: george76

My boyfriend was at this event last night. He called me and seemed very shaken. Apparently he was only 100 feet away from the people who got killed.


20 posted on 08/15/2010 9:47:13 AM PDT by sporkgoddess
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To: sporkgoddess
Look, it's like going down to Baja in the old days, with spectators trying to touch the race vehicles as they flew by at 70 mph...Many of the spectators were drinking etc., standing right along side the course as they flew by...

That's close to suicide in my opinion...

All the sponsors would have to do is force the spectators to stay back from the course fifty feet or so. Could be done with cones...Anyone violating this common sense rule the race is stopped immediately. Do this and the spectators will police themselves.

21 posted on 08/15/2010 9:57:27 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: dragnet2

I saw the video and it did look really dangerous. I didn’t know by “races” he meant off-roading or that the spectators stood so closely.


22 posted on 08/15/2010 10:28:01 AM PDT by sporkgoddess
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To: george76

Wow... RIP.


23 posted on 08/15/2010 10:53:26 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: ccmay

AVP = Alien vs. Predator?

Who knew they could play vollyball ?


24 posted on 08/15/2010 11:12:15 AM PDT by PLMerite (The FR clock is now three minutes fast.)
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To: packrat35

Film Footage from British Pathe:

http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=39422


25 posted on 08/15/2010 11:59:50 AM PDT by happygrl (Continuing to predict that Obama will resign)
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To: kcvl; All
CHP identified the driver of the truck as Brett M. Sloppy. He was not injured but had to run from the scene when the crowd became unruly and began throwing rocks at him. It was not clear why he lost control of the truck, but CHP confirmed that alcohol was not a factor on Sloppy's part. No charges were filed against him, and he was not arrested.
26 posted on 08/15/2010 2:25:10 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (islam is as islam does: http://blockthemosque.com/)
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To: Moonman62

Heliochoppers. Anything like teleophones? ;^)


27 posted on 08/15/2010 6:07:03 PM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent)
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To: La Enchiladita
CHP identified the driver of the truck as Brett M. Sloppy.

Not exactly an auspicious name for an aspiring racecar driver..............

28 posted on 08/15/2010 6:12:30 PM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent)
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