Lucerne Valley Truck Crash: At Least ...

Lucerne Valley Truck Crash: At Least 8 Dead in Lucerne Valley Truck...

There are 9 comments on the WHNT News 19 story from Aug 15, 2010, titled Lucerne Valley Truck Crash: At Least 8 Dead in Lucerne Valley Truck.... In it, WHNT News 19 reports that:

At least eight people are dead and 12 others injured after an out-of-control pickup truck went airborne and slammed into a crowd of spectators during an off-road race in Lucerne Valley.

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SPEEDRACER

United States

#1 Aug 16, 2010
Anyone that would stand that close to a track with no protection should have their heads examined! It is very unfortunate this accident occurred but the driver was not at fault. My heart goes out to the families who lost loved ones.
Stan and Kyle

Knoxville, TN

#2 Aug 16, 2010
The Baja 1000 is just like this. The Trophy Trucks speed by over a 100MPH and the crazy Mexican fans get right in the way. There is no way to police an entire desert. You got to use some common sense. Where ever there is a large crowd of people the is something dangerous and they all want to see a wreck. So sometimes the driver knows to back off a little. You do not pre-run the course. Sometimes the "Nature Nazi's" place traps to cause wrecks also.
skipc

Dickson, TN

#3 Aug 16, 2010
The Bureau of Land Management and the promoter should both be sued by the families of those who were killed and injured ! The 15 mph rule when vehicles are near the spectators is a joke and never enforced ! No spectators should be allowed within 1 block of the race track and the promoter should be responsible for crowd control.

My prayer go out to the family and friends of those who died and injured.
RaceLover

Gallant, AL

#4 Aug 16, 2010
Hey i just wanted to say that my husband and his whole family are racers. They have run at dirt tracks,as well as asphalt and yes i know the desert is a little different but, They all still have the same safety risk. My uncle and his sons raced years ago as well so i knew from an early age the danger as well as the excitement. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of those lost as well as to the driver whos life will forever be changed by this. This is a horrific thing but people enter these type events at their own risk. I do how ever feel the people in which held this event should be sought not only for their involvement leading to these deaths but also to place better restrictions on any upcoming events they might hold. I am sure it is harder to apply a strict safety code to the desert racing opp. to track races but i think alot more could have been done to prevent this. To all of you affected by this i will surely keep you in my heart and prayers...
Just saying

United States

#5 Aug 16, 2010
At first glance, it seems the driver had alot of the responsibilty for killing spectators during the off road race. If we take a closer look, its the victims that should bare most of the responsibilty for their own safety and should have used common sense and not have been so close to the speeding vehicles. Although its gonna be a frenzy of lawsuits and accusations, everyone is responsible for their own safety when it comes to events such as that. Its sad that so many people died in what should have been a day of fun for everyone. But ultimately our safety should over ride the excitement of being 20 ft from a flying truck.
Charles

Madison, AL

#6 Aug 16, 2010
skipc wrote:
The Bureau of Land Management and the promoter should both be sued by the families of those who were killed and injured ! The 15 mph rule when vehicles are near the spectators is a joke and never enforced ! No spectators should be allowed within 1 block of the race track and the promoter should be responsible for crowd control.
My prayer go out to the family and friends of those who died and injured.
I feel the families should be sued for the grief that the stupidity of their loved ones have caused. Why would they be so irresponsible as to stand in harms way. Are you going to tell me someone should have told them not to stand there? Do we all need someone to babysit us in everything we do? Are people so stupid as to not be careful, to stand in front of a race vehicle... It's a race in the desert!!! It's exciting to stand there and have the vehicles go by so close, it's also very dangerous, that's probably what makes it so exciting. Now don't get me wrong, yes I grieve for those who lost their life, and for those who loved them. I am also seeing the irresponsibility of those who stood in a place where they could allow this to happen. Take personal responsibility.
MoreOfTheSame

Toney, AL

#8 Aug 16, 2010
Life has risks. Maybe standing within 10 feet of trucks going 100 was a bad idea? No matter, in the never ending lawyer fed quest for a risk free society I predict the following:

1) Off raoad races will be banned on BLM land
2) Lawers will come out and sue everyone with money.
3) The race organizers will lose everything they own and have because the fans used no common sense.

"He had to be escorted away from the scene when the crowd became unruly and started throwing rocks at him, officials said"

So it is the drivers fault. Yeah, he did it on purpose. Sure I feel bad for the families but how does he feel? It is amazing, 10 feet from the track and this is a surprise?
v4rick

Auburn, AL

#9 Aug 16, 2010
If the accident wasn't HIS fault, who's was it? Was there a mechanical failure? Not to let the promoters off, either. Why were 50,000 people surrounding a trach that was only permitted for 300?
Seems there will be plenty of blame to go around on this one, but from I've read, it seems the driver carries the brunt.
Ramon

Huntsville, AL

#10 Aug 17, 2010
Years ago I used to attend and enjoy this sort of thing. However, a bit of common sense is needed here. As to fault I feel that it is pretty much divided between the BLM (50%), the race organizer (40%), and unfortunately the victims (10%).

First what about BLM, do they have no responsibility for policing these events? 15 mph and 300 spectators? Did whoever actually signed off on this event really believe these rules would be enforced?

Next, what did the organizer expect to do, just grab some quick cash and make no effort in setting up barriers and enforcing the rules?

Finally, what about the unfortunate victims who made the poor choice and decided to stand almost in the road for this? Common sense would say not to do so, but they did of their on free will.

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