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Maryland Street Race. Any other details?

Any of our Marlander's know any more about this incident?

7 Killed As Car Hits Md. Drag-Race Crowd
Feb 16 11:37 AM US/Eastern
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ACCOKEEK, Md. (AP) - A car plowed into a crowd that had gathered to watch a drag race on a suburban road early Saturday, killing seven people and injuring at least four, police said.

Witnesses said they had just watched two cars in the illegal street race speed past when a car without any lights on came up behind them and veered into a crowd of about 50.

"There were just bodies everywhere; it was horrible," said Crystal Gaines, 27, whose father was among the dead.

Gaines said she grabbed her child but could not help her father, William Gaines Sr., 61.

"He wasn't breathing, he wasn't moving," she said. "His body was in pieces."

A white sedan hit people standing on the side of Route 210 around 3:40 a.m., Prince George's County Police Cpl. Clinton Copeland said, but it wasn't clear whether that was one of the cars involved in the race. A tractor-trailer that came by shortly afterward may also have struck someone on the road as it tried to avoid the crash, he said.

"It's probably one of the worst scenes I've seen," Copeland said. "This is a situation that could have been avoided, and it's a very tragic situation."

Four people were taken to hospitals, Copeland said. Their conditions weren't immediately known.

Hours after the accident on the divided highway in Accokeek, bodies covered in white sheets were scattered along what police were calling a 200-yard crime scene. Some were in the road, while others were on the shoulder.

The sedan came to a rest on an embankment about 150 feet from where the crowd had been. It had a crumpled front and hood, and the roof had partially collapsed.

The driver of the white sedan had been interviewed and did not appear to be seriously hurt, but a passenger was among the dead, Police Capt. Donald Frick said.

Authorities were working to identify the victims by showing digital photos of them to bystanders who said loved ones had been hurt. John Courtney said after viewing one of the images that his brother, Mark, 33, was among the dead.

"He liked going to the race track, watching races," Courtney said. "It's going to take a toll on my family for a long time."

Investigators had "more questions than answers," Copeland said.

Route 210 has two lanes in each direction and traffic lights about every 150 to 200 yards in Accokeek, about 20 miles south of Washington. In that area, the road is flanked by some businesses but has little traffic in the early hours, Copeland said.

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Man, that's horrible.

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Yeah, I know of that area near Woldorf (Indian Head Hwy).
Last night I saw the footage and there were bodies laying around everywhere, it was horrible.
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wow. Thats really really sad.


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I was at work early and didn't know til I saw it in this thread. BWOT has become my primary source of news.

Here's a shot of the MD State Police chopper near the car that caused it all.

What makes it worse is that there's a huge dragstrip less than a half hour south of where this took place near Waldorf.

..:: Maryland Int'l Raceway - Budds Creek, MD ::..

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The driver in the Crown Victoria was traveling on Route 210 and couldn't see the crowd in the roadway because of the smoke around 3:40 a.m., police reported to the NBC affiliate in Maryland.

"There were just bodies everywhere; it was horrible," said Crystal Gaines, 27, whose father was among the dead.

Gaines said she grabbed her child but could not help her father, William Gaines Sr., 61.


What the hell is a 27 year old mother doing with her child (maybe, what 6,7,10 years old?) out at 3:40 in the morning? Oh, Grandpa is coming to watch the rice rockets race, so I guess it's ok. Tragic.
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