2 dead as vehicle smashes into spectators at Texas drag race | Archive
Two young boys were killed on Saturday afternoon in Kerrville, Texas, after a vehicle participating in a drag race lost control and hit spectators, police said.
The Kerrville Police Department said in a statement that the boys were 6 and 8 years old. Eight other people were injured, including two other children, the statement said. The youngest among the injured is a 3-month-old girl.
The event, Airport Race Wars 2, was held at the Kerrville-Kerr County Airport, approximately 70 miles from San Antonio.
The event held several races in several categories. A total of $10,000 in prizes was to be awarded, according to a publicity flyer.
Police said the vehicle lost control and crashed into parked vehicles and struck onlookers.
Flyin Diesel Performance, an automotive company in Kerrville, hosted the event. Shortly after the crash, Ross Dunagan of Flyin Diesel Performance confirmed the crash on the company’s Facebook page, but said no further details could be released.
“The race is stopped,” he said. “We ask that you please pray for everyone involved.”
Four of the injured adults were taken to hospital by air ambulance. Two adults were listed in critical condition at San Antonio University Medical Center, police said.
The youngest victims, a 4-year-old boy and a 3-month-old girl, were transported to Peterson Regional Medical Center in Kerrville by ambulance for preventive evaluations, police said.
“Kerrville Police are investigating the crash,” the police department said. “This investigation is active and ongoing.”
A drag racing event held earlier this year at the airport drew more than 3,000 spectators with about 150 participating vehicles, according to Hill Country Community Journal.
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