Drag Racer Kills Six Bystanders

Drag Racer Kills Six Bystanders
By: Heartland News & Associated Press

SELMER, Tenn. - "They shouldn't have done it."

That's what one witness is saying about the weekend tragedy in Selmer, Tennessee, where six young people were killed when a dragster sped out of control during a car show and plowed into a crowd.

Some people are questioning the wisdom of allowing dragsters to do tire-spinning burnouts on a highway with no guard rails, lined on both sides by hundreds of spectators. But one man who narrowly escaped being hit says guard rails wouldn't have made any difference.

Scott Henley, of Selmer, witnessed the accident and said the vehicle started burning off its tires, then began to fishtail and careened into a light pole before spinning around into the audience.

Selmer Police Chief Neal Burks said, "bodies were flying into the air when it happened."

Cars for Kids is an annual event that raises close to $200,000 per year for charities that help children in need, according to the charity's Web site. 

Burnouts have been done before without incident.

At least 20 people were hurt in Saturday's accident. No charges have been filed against the professional drag racer who was behind the wheel.

About 40,000 to 60,000 people were expected to attend the weekend event in Selmer.
This information comes to us from our Raycom Media sister station, WMC-TV in Memphis, TN and the Associated Press.