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8 killed in race crash


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LUCERNE VALLEY, California – An off-road truck ploughed into a crowd and scattered “bodies everywhere” moments after sailing  off a jump at a California race, killing eight people and injuring 12 others, authorities and witnesses said.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. It took rescue vehicles and helicopters more than half an hour to reach the remote location, and spectators including off-duty police and firefighters helped the injured.Six people died at the scene and two others died after being taken to a hospital, authorities said. Seven ambulances and ten emergency aircraft responded, airlifting most of the 12 injured people from the area to Loma Linda University Medical Centre or St Mary’s Medical Centre.“There was dust everywhere, people screaming, people running,” David Conklin, a photographer covering the event for off-road magazines, told The Associated Press. Paramedics brought six people – five adults and a child – to Loma Linda University Medical Centre, spokesman Herbert Atienza said yesterday. He had no information on their condition. Conklin said the Pre-runner truck was among the first 20 off the line in the race, which began at about 8 p.m. It had just gone over a jump known as “the rockpile” about two miles into the race, and he said he watched the truck sail through the air. Then he turned to watch for other vehicles when he heard the commotion caused by the crash. (AP)

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