Eight killed, 12 injured as truck sla...

Eight killed, 12 injured as truck slams into spectators at Lucerne ...

There are 112 comments on the San Bernardino County Sun story from Aug 15, 2010, titled Eight killed, 12 injured as truck slams into spectators at Lucerne .... In it, San Bernardino County Sun reports that:

An off-road truck sailed off a jump and hurtled into a crowd at a race in the Mojave desert, pinning bodies beneath it and sending others flying into a chaotic cloud of dust in a crash that killed eight people, authorities and witnesses said Sunday.

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Hiker

Silverado, CA

#1 Aug 15, 2010
These off-roaders tear up the pristine desert, yet bribe congress to call their destructive actions "recretation"? Hopefully, this will motivate the government to pass environmental and public safety laws which ban these type of events.

“Taste great in milk!”

Since: Aug 08

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#2 Aug 15, 2010
Chuck Norris was probably in the area.
Hillclimber

Lynwood, CA

#3 Aug 15, 2010
Off-road racing and off-roading does not tear up the desert. The tracks are already of many years ago. Most off roaders do not make new tracks. We have a very high respect for the desert. I believe it's the backpacker and hikers that leave trash that are destroying the desert more. These off roaders have strict guidelines and many points removed from there point standing if they are not followed. This was an accident. nothng more. Praying for all the parties involved.

Since: Dec 09

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#4 Aug 15, 2010
Hang on, Sloppy! Sloppy, Hang on!
hunkie boy

Moreno Valley, CA

#5 Aug 15, 2010
white redneck event,no blacks/mexicans, sort of the colorado river crowd.

“Uzi Does It”

Since: Nov 08

UZILAND

#6 Aug 15, 2010
Hiker wrote:
Hopefully, this will motivate the government to pass environmental and public safety laws which ban these type of events.
Exactly, you're on the right track. Whenever, hikers, bikers, bird watchers and skiers are stranded or in peril and the government uses taxpayer money to send a helicopter, fixed wing aircraft, ground vehicles and LE personnel to find and rescue them, the government needs to charge fully for the monetary expenditures spent in doing so, then criminally charge the survivors with criminal mischief charges on the first go round and felony negligent crime charges on the subsequent go round.
So Sad

Riverside, CA

#7 Aug 15, 2010
The organizers of this event will no doubt go bankrupt from all of the wrongful death lawsuits brought by the families of the people who were killed. Further, I don't see how the driver in good conscience could drive at such a high rate of speed immediately adjacent to spectators.
Uncle Ron

Upland, CA

#8 Aug 15, 2010
There's actually an uncut video of the incident on Youtube that contains more footage than what the public is seeing.

Basically, these people were standing, at times, about 5 feet from the trucks as they went by. One of the trucks had to use the horn.

If anything, the crowd caused the truck to flip. They would not move and left the driver a bad path and I think that's why he hit the hill wrong and flipped the truck.

Watch the video and you'll see.

Since: Dec 09

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#9 Aug 15, 2010
The The YouTube video I saw was an out-of-control San Bernardino County Sheriff racing across the desert due to a 911 cellphone hang up call. Apparently a lizard was involved in a bite and run on a desert tortoise.
The tortoise decided he probably couldn't pick the lizard out of a line-up and wanted to drop the whole thing so he hung up.
Hungry

Claremont, CA

#10 Aug 15, 2010
Hillclimber wrote:
Off-road racing and off-roading does not tear up the desert. The tracks are already of many years ago. Most off roaders do not make new tracks. We have a very high respect for the desert. I believe it's the backpacker and hikers that leave trash that are destroying the desert more. These off roaders have strict guidelines and many points removed from there point standing if they are not followed. This was an accident. nothng more. Praying for all the parties involved.
amen brother
the real SAW

Paramount, CA

#11 Aug 15, 2010
the best hiker is one left stranded in the hills
Mex

Brea, CA

#12 Aug 15, 2010
Whites takin out whites, good.(see how you like it?, same feeling when a minority gets killed by another minority, example drunk driver, and jokes are told. By the way, I think this incident was tragic and pray the victims families are comforted by God.
Joy

Lake Havasu City, AZ

#13 Aug 15, 2010
hunkie boy wrote:
white redneck event,no blacks/mexicans, sort of the colorado river crowd.
Colorado River Crowd? These are great people. They are not hillbillies, they are racers!
So you have a problem with Colorado River boating and racing? You are missing all the fun of growing up and having water sports and off roading.
They do not tear up the deserts. They are well organized and passionate about their sport. Because it is not your sport doesn't mean it isn't acceptable.
You need to come to the "River". No rednecks, just people having fun and 90% are from Southern Calif.
Wow U R Dumb

Torrance, CA

#14 Aug 15, 2010
So Sad wrote:
The organizers of this event will no doubt go bankrupt from all of the wrongful death lawsuits brought by the families of the people who were killed. Further, I don't see how the driver in good conscience could drive at such a high rate of speed immediately adjacent to spectators.
Um, he was in a RACE! That is probably why he was driving so fast genius. And was he driving too close to the people or were the people standing too close to where the HIGH SPEED trucks were passing? How do you even dress yourself in the morning?
Joy

Lake Havasu City, AZ

#15 Aug 15, 2010
Hiker wrote:
These off-roaders tear up the pristine desert, yet bribe congress to call their destructive actions "recretation"? Hopefully, this will motivate the government to pass environmental and public safety laws which ban these type of events.
A lot more important things the gov't needs to spend money on. There is so much desert out there. How can you destroy the desert?
Maybe the gov't needs to get on board and quit spending our tax dollars on illegals. You are griping because they are helping an oraganized sports event? Quit gripping and start praying for these people whom embraced the sport and lost their lives from a tragic accident. Also pray for the young men in the vehicle. Who care's at a time like this about the desert? It is out there for everyone to use, like it or not. The desert is not just for hikers, it is there for everyone to enjoy.
Wow U R Dumb

Torrance, CA

#16 Aug 15, 2010
Mex wrote:
Whites takin out whites, good.(see how you like it?, same feeling when a minority gets killed by another minority, example drunk driver, and jokes are told. By the way, I think this incident was tragic and pray the victims families are comforted by God.
Yeah, you seem really broken up by it with your racist comments. But FYI, this happens rarely, minority on minority crime is a daily occurrence! So who should be looking down on who there tough guy?
STARFISH

Chico, CA

#17 Aug 15, 2010
Mex wrote:
Whites takin out whites, good.(see how you like it?, same feeling when a minority gets killed by another minority, example drunk driver, and jokes are told. By the way, I think this incident was tragic and pray the victims families are comforted by God.
why did god do this/
So Sad

Riverside, CA

#18 Aug 15, 2010
Wow U R Dumb wrote:
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Um, he was in a RACE! That is probably why he was driving so fast genius. And was he driving too close to the people or were the people standing too close to where the HIGH SPEED trucks were passing? How do you even dress yourself in the morning?
I understand he was in a race, dumba$$ but if the driver decided to drive that way near people he is still responsible.
sign

Los Angeles, CA

#19 Aug 16, 2010
Hiker, the off road fees and sticker fees are actually used against the off-roaders, not bribing anyone. We pad their war-chest.

Our recreation areas are shrinking and shrinking.
Money

United States

#20 Aug 16, 2010
Anyone who has been at a Baja event knows the public stands way to close. It's really too bad something like this had to happen to get people to start talking about what everyone already knew.

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