Crowds Next To Race Track Killed and Injured
Eight people lost their lives and another twelve were injured in an off-road race on Sunday. The popular event which was held Northeast of Los Angeles in the Mojave Desert, turned to tragedy.
The California 200 is a sanctioned racing event and therefore a legal race in the eyes of the law. As such, no charges will be laid against Brett Sloppy, the driver of the ill fated vehicle who was forced to run from the scene by the angry fans.
The race itself is held over 200 miles and is part of a series of races held in the Mojave Desert. The event attracts thousands of enthusiasts who gather close by to watch the off-road vehicles in action.
The vehicles are designed to take jumps and maneuver over other obstacles while reaching high speeds of over 60 mph.
Fans were cheering on driver Sloppy who attempted a high jump at approximately 45 to 50 mph. Upon landing the heavy vehicle rolled over into nearby spectators throwing bodies into the air and crushing others.
Six people were killed immediately while two more died later in hospital due to their horrific injuries. In what was described as a nightmare and complete chaos. There were bodies everywhere with people screaming and running about.
Reports are emerging that the race meet is under investigation by authorities, but from initial investigations it does look like just a tragic accident. Part of the excitement at events such as this is for the fans to get as close to the action as possible.
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