Two children – an 8-year-old boy and 6-year-old boy – were killed and eight people were injured when a drag racing vehicle veered off a track and struck spectators Saturday afternoon in a horror crash in the Texas Hill Country. The driver lost control and the left the runway before striking spectators and parked vehicles about 65 miles northwest of San Antonio at a temporary track at Kerrville Aviation at the Kerrville-Kerr County Airport. Some of the injured taken to medical facilities in Kerrville, Austin and San Antonio were in critical condition. The injured included a 3-month-old and a 4-year-old children. The 34-year-old man identified as the driver was described as “stable.” „The race is shut down and we ask that you please pray for everybody involved,” said Ross Dunagan, the founder of race organizer Flyin’ Diesel Performance & Offroad. Onlookers were sitting on plastic garden chairs, according to a report.
The cars competed for over $8000 in total prizes. In a such competition for amateur drivers tracks aren’t prepared on the day of racing with a liquid traction compound that promotes tire adhesion and allows cars to go forward instead of spinning their wheels. The result is more unpredictability. Vehicles can travel at well over 100mph, despite only covering about one eighth of a mile. Kerrville Police are conducting an investigation into the accident. Using airports for track events and vehicle testing is not unusual. The first “Airport Race Wars” event was held back in March, and attracted 150 vehicles and as many as 3,000 spectators. The Race Wars are seen as a family event and features food and drink vendors.