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June 17, 2007

Tennessee drag racing accident takes several lives

Officials in Tennessee say seven people are dead and many more are injured following an accident at a drag racing exhibition Saturday night.

The crash happened an "exhibition burnout" when a driver spins his tires to make them heat up and smoke at the Cars for Kids charity event in Selmer, located about 80 miles east of Memphis.

Amateur video of the crash shows the car's engine revving loudly before the drag car sped down a highway lined with spectators on both sides. After a few hundred feet, the smoking vehicle skidded off the road.

“Bodies were flying into the air,” Selmer Police Chief Neal Burks said.

Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Mike Browning said the seven who died included a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old. At least eight others were taken to hospitals and many others had minor injuries.

The car involved has been driven by drag racer Troy Critchley, of Wylie, Texas; but no word yet on whether or not Critchley was driving the car at the time of the accident.

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when are these fuckin kids gonna learn that driving is not a game.

Don't you think it's rather inappropriate to refer to children who were killed in a tragic accident while at a fundraising event featuring a drag racing exhibition by a professional stunt driver as "fu--in kids"???

And exactly where do you get off assuming that any of the dead thought that driving was a "game"???

WTF is wrong with you???

What the fuck is wrong with you Sharon,your man aint givin it up?

this is exactly why redneck hicks shouldnt be allowed to reproduce

If the ignorant poster above me knew all his facts then he would know the driver was originally from Australia. And please have some respect for the dead.

I think they are trying to say that these types of events are dangerous and that kids should stand around while a car speeds in their direction. No disrespect for the dead, but I agree that this is not somewhere I would take my children.

it was a parade you fools.

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