Report: 8 killed at desert off-road race

Eight people were killed after a truck crashed into a crowd of people Saturday during a desert off-road race in San Bernardino County, Calif., television station KABC reported.

The accident was reported at 7:48 p.m. PT at during the California 200 race at Soggy Dry Lake Bed, a popular off-road spot east of Lucerne Valley, The Los Angeles Times reported.

A truck competing in the race rolled and struck several people in the area.

Authorities told KABC that about a dozen people were airlifted to hospitals in the area.

Three people were in critical condition and nine suffered serious injuries, The Victorville Daily Press reported.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department sent seven ambulances, nine fire engines and 10 rescue crews by air to the scene of the accident.

The California Highway Patrol also sent its Major Accident Investigation Team.

According to the Mojave Desert Racing website, the race was to begin at 7:30 p.m. on Bessemer Mine Road. The annual race attracts pickup truck racers from all over California.

The race, which draws thousands of spectators, was canceled after the accident, the Daily Press reported.