FABENS, Texas (AP) – Eight people were injured Sunday night after a vehicle crashed into crowds during a mud race in Texas.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that at 6:35 p.m. a vehicle left the muddy track and crashed through a guardrail and into onlookers.
Three spectators were taken to a hospital in critical condition and five others with non-life threatening injuries. None of the injured have been identified by police.
âToday what happened is what we all hoped wouldn’t happen. Is a wreck while racing, âsaid Scott Smith, owner of Rock Solid Protection, an El Paso-based security company. Smith, speaking at a press conference, said “mud can sometimes tell the car where to go” and that’s what he said happened in that crash.
Karla Huerta, who was watching the race when it got tragic, described the scene as “pretty ugly”.
âWell, they started the race. And when they started, one of the trucks lost control and hit a bunch of cars and people, âHuerta said. She said there were a lot of ambulances at the scene after the accident and a lot of people were taken away.
Three other vehicles were also struck as a result of the initial crash, the statement said. It was not immediately clear what prompted the vehicle to leave the track.
The trail is located in Fabens, Texas, approximately 40 miles southeast of El Paso and less than a mile from the Mexican border.
Police said an investigation was still ongoing.