8 Dead, 12 Hurt at Off-Road Race in California Desert - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

8 Dead, 12 Hurt at Off-Road Race in California Desert

LUCERNE VALLEY, Calif. - Authorities say six of the eight people killed when a truck plowed into race fans in the Southern California desert died at the scene and two others died at a hospital.

It took rescue vehicles and helicopters more than a half-hour to reach the remote location of the California 200 in the Mojave Desert near Lucerne Valley. Spectators including off-duty police and firefighters helped the injured. California Highway Patrol officer Joaquin Zubieta tells the Los Angeles Times that nine of the at least a dozen injured were airlifted to hospitals.

Loma Linda University Medical Center spokesman Herbert Atienza said Sunday that paramedics brought six people, five adults and a child to the hospital. He had no information on their condition.

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