KERR COUNTY, TX — Two children died Saturday afternoon after a competing driver veered into a crowd of spectators at a drag racing event in Kerrville, according to Click2Houston.
The fatal collision took place on a runway located at the Kerrville-Kerr County Airport.
Authorities said the “Airport Race Wars 2” event was attended by thousands of spectators who came to watch speeding drivers compete for cash prizes.
Toward the end of one race, a driver lost control of their vehicle, which collided with parked cars and nearby spectators.
Two boys aged 6 and 8 died from their injuries.
A 46-year-old woman was transported to a hospital in critical condition.
Multiple others, including a 26-year-old man, were transported to nearby hospitals with various injuries believed to be non-life-threatening.
A 4-year-old boy and a 3-month-old infant were evaluated at a hospital as precautionary measures.
Authorities noted more than 3,500 people attended the organized event, with many of the spectators able to get within 15 feet of the track. Water-filled plastic barriers had lined the course, but was not extended past the finish line, offering no protection to the audience.
No further information about the conditions of the victims has been released.
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