8 dead, 12 hurt at off-road race in Calif. desert

LUCERNE VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a vehicle ran into a crowd and killed eight people during an off-road race in the Southern California desert.

San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Bachman says one of the vehicles in the race called the California 200 plowed into the crowd Saturday night. She says 12 people were injured and many of the wounded were airlifted to hospitals.

The race was being held in Soggy Dry Lake Bed near the city of Lucerne Valley, 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

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