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Eight die in street-racing accident

Eight people died in Maryland Saturday when a car plowed into a group of street-racing fans obscured by tire smoke, USA Today reports.

About 50 people were gathered to watch the street races on a remote highway 20 miles outside Washington. Two cars taking off at the start of the race left a huge cloud of smoke. Another car, unable to see the spectators in the smoke, plowed into the crowd.

"There were just bodies everywhere; it was horrible," Crystal Gaines, 27, told USA Today reporters.

Police have not yet charged the driver of the vehicle that hit the crowd.

The victims were in their 20s-60s. Seven people died at the scene and an eighth died in the hospital. At least six others were injured.

The remote highway has very little traffic in the early morning, making it a frequent spot for street-racing, police said.