In a tragic accident, eight spectators were killed during the California 200 off-road race. Full coverage inside.
In a tragic accident, eight spectators were killed during the California 200 off-road race.
While details are limited, Brett Sloppy was driving a modified Ford Ranger when he lost control and went soaring into the crowd. According to California Highway Patrol Officer Joaquin Zubieta, the truck "got airborne and, when he landed, rolled over straight into the spectators. People didn't have much of a chance to get out of the way."
Sloppy survived but had to be escorted away when survivors became angry.
Six victims were pronounced dead at the scene, two others died at the hospital. Ten spectators were also injured, five seriously.
Following the accident, race officials have come under fire for allowing spectators to get within feet of the course. As witness Jeff Musgrave stated, "The problem is the crowd was just too close. I don't think the (racer) did anything stupid. He just hit it (the jump) way too hard."