Skip to comments.8 dead, 12 wounded as truck plows into crowd at off-road race in Southern California desert
Posted on 08/15/2010 7:37:39 AM PDT by Yogafist
The crash came shortly after the start of the California 200, a Saturday evening race in the Mojave Desert, said San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Bachman.
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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People standing close to racing vehicles are really foolish. Odd title, using the word ‘wounded’ instead of ‘injured’
The terrible heart ache that is taking place this morning in so many that lost loved ones. And the driver of the car, you have to feel for him also. The anquish he must feel even though it was not his fault.
Yes, that is interesting. Good catch.
They use the word “wounded” instead of “injured” because those off-road trucks are at war with the spectators.
There is a movie called Dust To Glory that chronicles the baja 1000 race where you will see crowds 10 thick right up along parts of the race course with race cars speeding by. One car loses control, and it’s disaster. You are an idiot to stand near a race course unprotected.
It’s like the evil suv’s that kill people. They think of them as a weapon I guess.
I couldn’t remember the name of that movie, thanks. One of the trucks even hits a motorhome on the side of the track. And there is another point where they show the organizers trying to get medical help to someone hit by a vehicle, later they say he died. I have never quite understood why they let people stand in the path momentum will carry the vehicle if there is a problem.
It’s men who are driving those trucks. That automatically renders those types of vehicles as evil. Same with guns, but now more and more women are using and carrying them.
Since a man was driving this pickup truck this accident was really intentional from the writer’s perspective. If it had been a woman behind the wheel you would have never seen that word “wounded” brought up.
This race has been going on for some time and the people in the crowd knew the risks. If they didn’t, they were ignorant of the event.
You can’t put guardrails across the desert.
Hey chief - it's an off road race. Of course there are no barriers, no real prepared track, grandstands, etc. I work a similar annual off-road rally type race. Yes, it is dangerous, that is part of the entertainment/thrill value for the spectators. We keep the spectators out of the most dangerous parts - outside of corners (think understeer), inside "late" in the corners (think oversteer). We also have to remind them to stay off the course at all times (ie. not cross it) - yes, some are that stupid. Did I mention they allow alcohol at this event? (I'm not sure that's a good idea) Remind them to stay hydrated, no fires, etc. We keep it as fun and safe as possible, but watching someone roar by relatively close and fast is a big part of the appeal. It cannot be made absolutely safe, period. You can only manage risk. If spectators want to be safe - watch it on TV or from 50 yds back...
I’d be willing to bet that the closer people were standing next to the track, would be in direct proportion to the amount of alcohol they consumed.
Mama told me not to play near the road for a reason.
Those people over in Europe that go to road races are the same way, lining both sides of the roads on turns. I don’t know if people like this are fearless or just plain stupid.
If a woman was driving it would have been written “the vehicle drove into the crowd” or “lost control of the vehicle as it went into the crowd”...like it has a mind of it’s own...
“You are an idiot to stand near a race course unprotected.”
If you’re into that safety shit don’t do it but don’t inflict your live safe crap on anyone else!
I ushered at Daytone, 1969 My biggest job was keeping people off the fence between the seats and the track. And they’d put their hands in the fence to boot.
........and also at Daytona. LOL.
If I or anyone else wants to risk their lives under any conditions it’s none of yours or anyone elses god damned business!
I’ve risked my life consistantly for the sake of time and been hurt numerous times and if the next time I get killed it’s no ones god damned business or concern!!!!
I’d be willing to bet ZERO criminal liability as long as the drivers weren’t drunk or stoned.
This race was licensed and the people watching willingly took the risk. There was no expectation of safety for anybody standing alongside the trail (not “track”). Do you think those people paid to attend this event?
As for civil liability, people sue all the time for their own reckless behavior.
Happens during the Paris-Dakkar ralley, too.
People take their own risks.
Because of the fact that so much stuff is filmed now, that when people get injured the government pays for their treatment, and because we've pretty much accepted that the government has the right to regulate everything, we've become a much more risk averse society.
Anybody else remember the figure eight races, where the contestants played chicken at the intersection?
Whoa, ease up. I've run off road for many years. I'm not against racing at all, people take risks all the time. But I know what happens when a vehicle gets sideways. Nothing you can do, physics takes over. Just ask a racer if they would stand on the shoulder of a 2 lane dirt road as pro trucks try to pass at 80 mph.
I'm not advocating anything or saying they should make rules, etc. I am saying anyone is a fool to stand up close and unprotected. I am also saying that the safety nazi lawyers are going to be all over this big time, and they are the ones who are going to inflict all the live safe crap on everyone else.
When you build your race track and sell tickets, you can stand in the middle of the track for all I care. And your customers too.
When you work for someone else you do the job or walk away. I did the job I was hired to do, keep idiots like you off the fence so they wouldn't lose a limb and then sue the race track.
Sleep it off before you reply Einstein.
Go to hell!
I’ll risk my life when and where i please and no one is going to stop me!
please go ahead, it will raise the average IQ