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Eight Killed At Illegal Street Race

A car killed eight people after running right into a crowd watching an illegal street race in Accokeek, Maryland early Saturday morning according to the Baltimore Sun.

Some spectators had stepped onto the road to get a better look at who had won the race, which took place between two cars on an unlighted intersection on Route 210, when a Ford Crown Victoria ran right into the crowd. Seven of the eight victims died at the scene of the accident, and five more people were injured in the crash, though the driver of the car was uninjured.

At the beginning of the race the two cars spun there tires, resulting in debris and smoke which police believe helped cause the crash. Police didn’t comment on if the driver had his BAC tested or had his headlights on.

Police said there were about 50 people gathered and the victims in the crash ranged from their 20’s to 60’s.

The stretch of highway has been the site of illegal street races for approximately 25 years, and despite many calls from nearby residents a permanent solution was never found, According to the New York Times.

"This is a tragedy, no matter how you look at it. It's a tragedy all the way around," said County Police spokesman Cpl. Clinton Copeland. "We're not trying to put blame on anybody. We're just trying to find out what happened and to avoid it from happening again." (Baltimore Sun)