Drag racer hits spectators in Texas; 2 children killed | Taiwan News
KERRVILLE, Texas (AP) – A driver lost control during a drag race in Texas on an airport runway and crashed into a crowd of spectators, killing two children and injuring eight others on Saturday, the reporters said. authorities.
A 6-year-old boy and an 8-year-old boy were killed in the crash Saturday afternoon at an event called “Airport Race Wars 2” at the Kerrville-Kerr County Airport, police said in A press release. The staged event brought together thousands of people and involved drivers speeding down a track as they argued over money.
The driver “lost control and left the track, crashing into parked vehicles and hitting spectators watching the races,” Kerville police said.
The injured victims were taken to various hospitals, including a 46-year-old woman who was classified in critical condition. The majority of the other injuries are not believed to be fatal, although the condition of a 26-year-old man is unknown, authorities said. A 4-year-old boy and a 3-month-old girl were taken to hospital for precautionary assessments.
Authorities did not immediately disclose the identities of the two children who were killed in the event about 60 miles northwest of San Antonio.
The Kerrville Convention and Visitors Bureau website touted the event as an “action-packed, family-friendly day” where fans could watch “the fastest drag cars go head to head for more. $ 8,000 in total prizes â.
More than 3,500 people were in attendance, according to Louis Amestoy, a freelance journalist at the event.
The race was an eighth of a mile (0.2 km) long and plastic barriers filled with water lined the course. But Amestoy said they didn’t cross the finish line, leaving no protection between spectators and cars as they slowed down at the end of the race.
Spectators could approach about 15 feet (4.6 meters) from the track, and many watched the race from lawn chairs in the absence of stands. Organizers reminded people to stay on the grass and off the asphalt, Amestoy told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.
The driver was nearing the end of the track when the car deviated from its lane, Amestoy said.
Associated Press writer Bryan Gallion contributed to this report from Roseland, New Jersey.