8 killed in southern California car race

16:06, August 15, 2010      

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At least eight people were killed and nine others injured as a truck plowed into a group of racing fans in an off-road race near Lucerne Valley, California, early Saturday evening,authorities said.

The race went awry when a truck, which was participating in the California 200, a series of off-road races held off Bessemer Mine Road at Soggy Dry Lake at 7:30 pm (0230 GMT), apparently lost control and plowed into a crowd, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said.

The wounded, four of them injured seriously, were airlifted to local trauma centers for treatment, authorities said.

The cause of the accident remains unknown. It's also not clear if the driver was among the dead or not.

California 200 is part of the popular Mojave Desert Racing (MDR) Series held in the Lucerne Valley in California's Mojave Desert.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王寒露)

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