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8 dead, dozen hurt as off-road race car plows into crowd
NBC News and ^ | August 14, 2010

Posted on 08/15/2010 4:39:13 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia

An off-road truck plowed into a crowd and scattered "bodies everywhere" moments after sailing off a jump at a California race Saturday, killing eight people and leaving 12 injured, authorities and witnesses said.

The crash came shortly after the start of the California 200 race, which was scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. PDT, San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said.

Bachman said eight people died and 12 were injured, several of them seriously. Seven ambulances and 10 emergency aircraft responded to the scene. Most of the injured were airlifted from the area to Loma Linda University Medical Center or St. Mary's Medical Center.

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

1 posted on 08/15/2010 4:39:16 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Well, that’s the end of that series. Racing is still dangerous, folks.

2 posted on 08/15/2010 4:42:59 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Democrats = authoritarian socialists)
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To: popdonnelly
Well, that’s the end of that series.

Maybe, depends on how much money there is involved.
3 posted on 08/15/2010 4:49:56 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: popdonnelly

Someone on an earlier post mentioned the 1950s crash where 80 people were killed. That was Le Mans where the Mercedes driver collided with an Austin-Healy and flew into the crowd. Le Mans is so big that most of the crowd knew nothing about the extent of the crash at the time and the race officials continued the race until its end after the crash.

4 posted on 08/15/2010 4:54:39 AM PDT by laconic
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To: laconic

It was only about 10 years ago when 3 people were killed during a CART race at MIS.

5 posted on 08/15/2010 5:03:27 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Not too many years ago at Road Atlanta a competitor managed to get punted off the inside of Turn 2, pretty much at the left-hand entrance of Turn 2, and ‘fly’ high enough to pass over the crash fence and land upside down on a parked spectator vehicle. No one seriously injured, IIRC.

If you are familiar with Road Atlanta, you would think that this spot would be one of THE SAFEST spectator spots on the entire circuit. You look at the physics of this crash and you have to wonder “How did a car manage to get there from the track surface?”

Racing happens.

6 posted on 08/15/2010 5:09:59 AM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur)
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He said that the driver, who wasn't named, was forced to run from the scene when the crowd grew unruly and some began throwing rocks at him. It was not clear why he lost control of the truck.

The crowd apparently thinks he did it on purpose.

7 posted on 08/15/2010 5:25:54 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is <strike>fading</strike>gone.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

Sad story, but those don’t sound like typical race fans. There is something missing from the story.

8 posted on 08/15/2010 5:32:39 AM PDT by B Knotts (Just another Tenther)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Hmmm? Night off-road race, on open desert, no lights, no barriers, etc, and popular? I wonder with whom. How close do you have to be at night to actually see the race? It sounds a bit stupid, but then I’m not a major off-road race fan. Night off-road stuff would be mainly for the drivers and co-drivers/navigators it would seem. Spectators only get in the way. Sad day in the CA desert.

9 posted on 08/15/2010 5:34:13 AM PDT by wita
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The crowd was standing within 10 feet of the track with no guard rails separating them from the speeding vehicles.

"There were no barriers at all," Jeff Talbott, inland division chief for the California Highway Patrol, told the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

10 posted on 08/15/2010 5:40:32 AM PDT by rabidralph
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

This is terrible. Always thought it would happen at the start or along the Baja 1000/500.

11 posted on 08/15/2010 5:45:59 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: rabidralph

That sounds like the idiocy that used to happen in European rallying in the ‘80s. You see video from back then and these one-lane dirt roads are packed six deep with spectators—some even crossing the roads or running out right in front of the cars—while the cars are screaming through powersliding at 100+ mph on the ragged edge. It took a couple of crashes like this one until the organizers (now the WRC) got their heads straight and did a better job of controlling the crowds.

This looks like footage from the 2009 California 200 (warning, a little raunchy right at the end):

Some surprisingly big crowds there at points.


12 posted on 08/15/2010 6:23:48 AM PDT by Moose4 (November 2, 2010--the day that "YES WE CAN" becomes "OH NO YOU DIN'T")
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