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Race Driver Who Killed 8 Apologizes: Watch The Video Report

(CNN) -- The driver of a truck that crashed into a crowd of spectators, killing eight, will not face criminal charges, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol said on Monday.

In addition to the deaths, four people were taken to hospitals in serious condition after the Saturday crash at an off-road race in Southern California's Mojave Desert. Five others suffered minor to moderate injuries.

"It was a tragic accident," said Mario Lopez, a California Highway Patrol spokesman. "The reason we are not going to file criminal charges is because it was a sanctioned event."

The 200-mile race was part of an amateur series on a course in the Lucerne Valley area of San Bernardino County, east of Los Angeles, said Tim Franke of the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

Lopez added that California vehicle codes did not apply to the race because permits were issued to the event's organizers.

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