Two boys were killed and four others injured Saturday following a crash at a drag racing event, Texas cops say.
The crash happened in Kerrville at Airport Race Wars 2, which was described as “an action packed, family-friendly day.”
The Kerrville Police Department say one of the vehicles lost control during a drag race and left the runway. The driver then crashed into parked vehicles and struck race spectators, police said.
A 6-year-old boy died at the scene and an 8-year-old boy was transported to a local hospital, where he died, according to police. Their identities have not been publicly released.
Four others were flown to hospitals in Austin and San Antonio for their injuries. Police described the injured as follows:
A 26-year-old man in unknown condition
A 27-year-old woman with non-life threatening injuries
A 46-year-old woman in critical condition
The 34-year-old male driver in stable condition
A 4-year-old child and 3-month-old baby were transported to a local hospital “for precautionary evaluations,” according to officers.
This photo shows the aftermath of an accident at the Kerrville airport today where a Race Wars event ended in tragedy. We are headed to the scene and will report more information as it becomes available but we're being told 2 children were killed and 5 people critically injured. pic.twitter.com/eiu0g587D5
— Jim Lefko (@jimlefko) October 23, 2021
Police have ruled the crash an accident but continued to investigate.
More than 3,500 people attended the event and could get within 15 feet of the race track, according to The Associated Press. Louis Amestoy, a freelance journalist who attended the races, said barriers did not extend past the finish line, “leaving no protection between spectators and cars as they were slowing down at the end of the race.”
Kerrville is about 65 miles northwest of San Antonio and 100 miles west of Austin.