January 29, 2023

Two children were killed and eight were injured in a Texas tug-of-war accident

Two children were killed and eight were injured in a Texas tug-of-war.

Two boys, ages 6 and 8, died in a popular afternoon event called “Airport Race Wars 2”, which drew thousands to Kerville-Kerr County Airport, Kerville Police Department Said in a statement Saturday night.

At 3:20 p.m., a driver lost control while speeding on the runway and “collided with parked vehicles, attacking spectators watching the races,” police said.

Four victims, aged 26 to 46, were airlifted to nearby hospitals from the incident, about 60 miles northwest of San Antonio. One of the injured, a 46-year-old woman, was taken to a university medical center and is in critical condition, police said.

The other two children — a 4-year-old boy and a 3-month-old girl — were taken to Peterson Regional Medical Center for a precautionary assessment, police said.

The 34-year-old driver was taken to San Antonio Medical Center and listed as stable.

The other two were treated and released at the scene.

The identities of the children killed have not yet been released.

Police said the investigation is continuing.

Louise Amestoy, a freelance journalist at the event, Told the Associated Press The event was attended by about 3,500 motor sports fans, who say it was “an action-packed, family-friendly non-ready drag race day”. Prize money at the event went up to $ 8,000, According to the Kerville Visitor Bureau.

Amestoy said the racecourse was the eighth length of the mile and was packed with waterlogged barriers. However, the obstacles did not extend beyond the finish line, where he crashed his vehicle, exposing onlookers as cars sped by.

Spectators were able to get close to 15 feet from the race track and were reminded by organizers to stay away from grass and asphalt, Amastoy said. No bleachers were available, and many sat and watched from the lawn chairs.

With post wires