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Sunday, August 15, 2010

California 200 Race Spectators

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Eight Dead After Pickup Truck Plows Into California 200 Race Spectators


An off-road pickup truck crashed into a crowd of spectators watching a popular local race in California Saturday night, killing eight people and seriously injuring several more. The accident happened in the Lucerne Valley, a desert area of southern California. The driver was one of almost 90 participating in the California 200 race.
Drivers race in four 50-mile laps in a dry lake bed popular with off-road enthusiasts called Soggy Dry Lake.
Witnesses told television station KTLA that the truck hit spectators who were sitting on a pile of rocks.
At least four people were seriously injured and flown to area hospitals by helicopter.
The California Highway Patrol told KTLA that a total of eight people were hospitalized.
It is not clear yet if the driver was killed or seriously injured.

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